The name “shooting star” is used for a few Dodecatheon species; this one has a rosette of lance-shaped, grayish green leaves, and flower stems bearing umbels with 8 to 20 distinctive flowers, shooting stars look-alike: reflexed petals and clusters of stamens pointing down. They can vary in colour from white to pink (or rosy pink), and are rich in pollen.
Dodecatheon meadia is considered one of the most beautiful spring wildflowers; unfortunately it goes dormant later in the summer. In the wild, it often prefers to grow on slopes, which reduces competition with taller plants and also provides good drainage.
Germination: sown in the fall or spring after cold-moist stratification. Seeds are very small and require superficial sowing.