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Eastern Shooting Star


Scientific Name     

Dodecatheon meadia L.

Family Name

Primulaceae (Primrose)

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Characteristics:  

Habitat:  

moist or dry woods, prairies and meadows

Plant Height:  

20-50 cm

Flower Color:  

pink, sometimes white or lilac

Flower:  

nodding; long pediceled; 5 recurved petals; 5 protruding, yellow stamens, connate around ovary, ovary glabrous, ovules many, placentation free-central 

Inflorescence:  

flat-topped umbel with long peduncle; +/- 10 flowers 

Fruit:  

many-seeded capsule; dehiscent, opening lengthwise 

Leaves:  

basal; spatulate 

Bloom Time:  

May-June 

Origins:  

native

Other:  

pioneers called it Prairie Pointers; chief pollinators are bees which must force their way into united stamens to reach nectar