Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Shooting Star

Common shooting star (Dodecatheon meadia)
This is common shooting star, Dodecatheon meadia. Although there is nothing common about it anymore. There are very few areas left where they can grow naturally. One such place is along the sandy Salt Fork River bank under tall trees that are just leafing out. In this particular spot, the river is cutting away the bank and the plants are falling into the river. So after getting permission from the landowner to remove the falling plants, I transplanted a few to Habitat Home. Shooting star is a small plant about 12 to 15 inches high when it is blooming and can also have pink blossoms. Once the plant is done blooming it produces seeds and then goes dormant for the rest of the season.

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