Shooting star

Dodecatheon meadia

''Dodecatheon meadia'', commonly known as shooting star, is a species of flowering plant in the primrose family . It is native to North America, where it is found in the eastern United States, spanning north from Minnesota and New York, south to Texas and Florida.

It has a wide natural habitat, being found in both forests and prairies. It is most often found in calcareous areas. It can be locally common in some areas of its range, however, it can become rare on its geographic edges.
Eastern Shooting Star (Primula meadia) Growing on a mixed woodland trail. 
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Appearance

''Dodecatheon meadia'' is perennial, growing to 8–20 in high. Its flowers that emerge from a basal rosette of leaves . It blooms in the spring. The flowers are nodding, and from an umbel. Its seeds are dispersed by gusts of wind that shake the erect scapes.

This species is geographically widespread, and has considerable morphological variation across its range. Most southern population have white petals, while northern populations have lavender to magenta petals.

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Taxonomy
KingdomPlantae
DivisionAngiosperms
ClassEudicots
OrderEricales
FamilyPrimulaceae
GenusDodecatheon
SpeciesD. meadia