Authentic Wisconsin.  Shooting Star - Dodecatheon meadia


Shooting Star in Oak Savanna on May 26, 2019 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Above: Shooting Star in Oak Savanna on May on May 26, 2019.


Shooting Star - Dodecatheon meadia (Spring Ephemeral)

Shooting stars are a group of perennials in the Primrose family. There are over a dozen species native to North America with the most common being Dodecatheon meadia.

In Wisconsin, Shooting stars are generally found growing in moist meadows, prairies, and open woods.

Other names for Shooting Star: Eastern Shooting Star, American cowslip, Roosterheads and Prairie Pointers.

Shooting Star in Oak Savanna on May 29, 2019.


Above: Shooting Star in Oak Savanna on May 29, 2019.




Shooting Star
(Dodecatheon meadia)
by Scottish author, Elizabeth Gordon

Said Shooting Star, "We sure are steady,

And come as soon as we are ready;

We're not afraid of April's snows,

That's 'cause we're healthy, I suppose."



For more information on Shooting Star, visit Wikipedia.

Or, visit the Master Gardener Program website page about Shooting Star.


Shooting Star in Oak Savanna on May 18, 2020.
Shooting Star in Oak Savanna on May 18, 2020.
Shooting Star in  Oak Savanna on May 21, 2020.
Shooting Star in Oak Savanna on May 21, 2020.
Shooting Star in Oak Savanna on May 21, 2020.
Shooting Star by UW Arboretum Visitors Center on May 21, 2020.
Shooting Star by UW Arboretum Visitors Center on May 21, 2020.
Shooting Star by UW Arboretum Visitors Center on May 21, 2020.
Shooting Star by UW Arboretum Visitors Center on May 21, 2020.
Shooting Star by UW Arboretum Visitors Center on May 21, 2020.
Shooting Star by UW Arboretum Visitors Center on May 21, 2020.
Shooting Star by UW Arboretum Visitors Center on May 21, 2020.
Shooting Star by UW Arboretum Visitors Center on May 21, 2020.
Shooting Star by UW Arboretum Visitors Center on May 21, 2020.
Shooting Star in Oak Savanna on May 22, 2020.
Shooting Star in Oak Savanna on May 22, 2020.
Shooting Star in Oak Savanna on May 22, 2020.
Shooting Star in Nakoma Park on May 22, 2020.
Shooting Star in Nakoma Park on May 22, 2020.
Shooting Star in Nakoma Park on May 22, 2020.
Shooting Star on bank of retaining pond on May 23, 2020.
Shooting Star in oak savanna on May 23, 2020.
Shooting Star in oak savanna on May 23, 2020.
Shooting Star in oak savanna  on May 23, 2020.
Shooting Star in oak savanna on May 24, 2020.
Shooting Star in oak savanna on May 24, 2020.
Shooting Star in Nakoma Park on June 1, 2020.
Shooting Star on bank of retaining pond on May 7, 2021.
Shooting Star on bank of retaining pond on May 7, 2021.
Shooting Star on bank of retaining pond on May 7, 2021.
Shooting Star on bank of retaining pond on May 7, 2021.
Shooting Star on bank of retaining pond on May 7, 2021.
Shooting Star on bank of retaining pond on May 8, 2021.
Shooting Star on bank of retaining pond on May 8, 2021.
Shooting Star on bank of retaining pond on May 8, 2021.
Shooting Star on bank of retaining pond on May 9, 2021.
Shooting Star on bank of retaining pond on May 9, 2021.
Shooting Star on bank of retaining pond on May 9, 2021.
Shooting Star on bank of retaining pond on May 9, 2021.
Shooting Star on bank of retaining pond on May 9, 2021.
Shooting Star on bank of retaining pond on May 9, 2021.
Shooting Star in Oak Savanna on May 9, 2021.
Shooting Star on bank of retaining pond on May 11, 2021.
Shooting Star in Oak Savanna on May 12, 2021.
Shooting Star by UW Arboretum Visitors Center in Madison, Wisconsin on May 13, 2021
Shooting Star in Oak Savanna on May 15, 2021.
Shooting Star in Oak Savanna on May 15, 2021.
Shooting Star by UW Arboretum Visitors Center in Madison, Wisconsin on May 15, 2021
Shooting Star by UW Arboretum Visitors Center in Madison, Wisconsin on May 15, 2021
Shooting Star by UW Arboretum Visitors Center in Madison, Wisconsin on May 15, 2021
Shooting Star in Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on May 16, 2021
Shooting Star in Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on May 18, 2021
Shooting Star in Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on May 18, 2021

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Shooting Star
Dodecatheon meadia


Shooting Star in Oak Savanna on May 21, 2021.


Above: Shooting Star showing leaves in Oak Savanna. (5/21/21)


Shooting Star in Oak Savanna on May 24, 2019.

Shooting Star in Oak Savanna on May 24, 2019.

Shooting Star in Oak Savanna on May 24, 2019.

Shooting Star in Oak Savanna on May 24, 2019.

Shooting Star in Oak Savanna on May 24, 2019.


Above: Shooting Star in Oak Savanna. (5/24/19)


1919 Shooting Star illustration by Mary Vaux Walcott.

Above: 1919 Shooting Star illustration by Mary Vaux Walcott. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist.


1868 Shooting Star illustration by Jacobus Wendel.

Above: 1868 Shooting Star botanical illustration by Jacobus Wendel.


1837 Shooting Star illustration by W.H. Fitch.

Above: 1837 Shooting Star illustration by W.H. Fitch.



1918 Shooting Star Wild Flower Children by Elizabeth Gordon with illustration by Janet Laura Scott.

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