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Amethyst Shooting Star The amethyst shooting star is a common wildflower seen in prairies of northern Illinois. Amethyst shooting star,Dodecatheon amethystinum,Geotagged,Illinois,United States,Wildflowers Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

Amethyst Shooting Star

The amethyst shooting star is a common wildflower seen in prairies of northern Illinois.

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  1. They have an interesting look. I assume the flower is on the top, yet what are the black things? Posted 8 years ago
    1. Actually, the flower is pointing down. Imagine blowing on them from the bottom and pushing the petals up, into the position they are in. The darker parts would be the flower's reproductive parts. Posted 8 years ago
      1. Thanks for explaining, seems like a tough flower for insects to enter. Posted 8 years ago

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This native perennial wildflower consists of a low rosette of basal leaves and a flowering stalk of flowers about ½–1½' tall. The basal leaves are up to 6" long and 2½" across; they are ovate-oblong or obovate, medium green, hairless, and smooth along their margins. The erect flowering stalk is hairless and devoid of leaves; at its apex there is an umbel of 3-20 flowers. The flowers nod downward from their drooping pedicels. Each flower is about ¾" long, consisting of a corolla with 5 oblong.. more

Similar species: Ericales
Species identified by travismorhardt
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Uploaded May 19, 2014. Captured May 17, 2014 10:14 in 13834-14296 Illinois 84, Savanna, IL 61074, USA.
  • TG-830
  • f/4.7
  • 10/1600s
  • ISO125
  • 6.6mm