Shooting Stars…

 Dodecatheon

 Dodecatheon species…

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Shootingstar (Dodecatheon pulchellum) is a species of flowering plant in the primrose family.

The Shooting star is a perennial herb with single, leafless flower stems, growing from very short erect root stocks with no bulblets to a height of 2-15 inches.

Each plant has between 1 and 25 flowers clustered at the stem top. The calyx is usually purple-flecked, and the five lobes are 3 to 5 millimeters (mm) long. The corolla  is 10 to 20 mm long and the 5 lobes sweep backwards. The lobes are purplish-lavender and rarely white. The short tube is yellowish and usually has a purplish wavy line at the base. The filaments are joined into a yellowish tube 1.5-3 mm long, which is smooth or only slightly wrinkled. The 5 anthers are joined to a projecting point, usually yellowish to reddish-purple, 4-7 mm long and the stigma is slightly larger than the style.

Flowering period is from April to August depending on the site type and elevation.

The Shootingstar is native to much of North America. See a distribution map at the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service plants profile database. It can be found in saline swamps, mountain meadows and streams, plains, and alpine zones. In Montana, it is most common in western and central areas.

According to Montana Plant Life.org it is used as a medicine plant. “Pretty shooting star was used medicinally by the Okanagan-Colville and Blackfoot Indians. An infusion of the roots was used as a wash for sore eyes. A cooled infusion of leaves was used for eye drops. An infusion of leaves was gargled, especially by children, for cankers.”

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9 comments on “Shooting Stars…

  1. Margaret says:

    What a beautiful flower and wonderful macro shots.

  2. Molly says:

    I love these flowers, they look like little shooting stars

    Mollyxxx

  3. This is the first time that I saw these pretty flower. Nice capture. I love the water drops on them too! #iheartmacro

  4. DeniseinVA says:

    Gorgeous flower and your macro’s are amazing. Thank you also for all the information, always interesting to learn more about flowers.

  5. jeanie henderson says:

    Hi Erin,
    It’s been wonderful to catch up a little w/ your beautiful family, farm, and nature pics … very special wedding of Sawyer and Samantha! Our lives are so enlarged with every new daughter or son that we gain … thru birth or marriage 🙂 Think of all of you often. Hugs.

  6. Pat says:

    Beautiful.

  7. Such wonderful photos of this very beautiful flower…and great edit!!! Thank you for all these interesting informations about this plant!

  8. Very pretty! The name describes it perfectly.

  9. Absolutely gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro:-)

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