Dodecatheon meadia (Shooting Star)
A member of the Primrose family, Dodecatheon meadia, or Shooting Star, is a jewel among jewels in the world of native plants, and the first word that comes to my mind when I see it is "exquisite." Emerging from basal rosettes of large leaves, stems carry nodding, white to pink flowers, each with five petals that are swept backward with stamens joined at the base. If you look closely, the logic behind its common name becomes apparent. Dodecatheon meadia is native to open woods, meadows, and prairies from Pennsylvania to Georgia, west to Texas, and north to Wisconsin. According to my research, this plant was more abundant during the time of the prairie settlers who called it "Prairie Pointers." "Shooting Star" grows in full sun to partial shade in moist to slightly dry soil. One thing you should be aware of: Dodecatheon meadia goes dormant in summer, so planting other spring flowers with it is a good idea if you are bothered by bare spots. Zones 4-8. Quarts.