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.
Above: Shooting Star in Oak Savanna on May 29, 2019.
For more information on Shooting Star, visit Wikipedia.
Or, visit the Master Gardener Program website page about Shooting Star.
Above: Shooting Star showing leaves in Oak Savanna. (5/21/21)
Above: Shooting Star in Oak Savanna. (5/24/19)
Above: 1913 illustration of Shooting Star (Dodecatheon meadia).
Above: 1919 Shooting Star illustration by Mary Vaux Walcott. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist.
Above: 1868 Shooting Star botanical illustration by Jacobus Wendel.
Above: 1837 Shooting Star illustration by W.H. Fitch.