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Dodecatheon meadia

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Dodecatheon meadia, commonly known as shooting star, is a species of flowering plant in the primrose family (Primulaceae). It is native to North America, where it is found in the eastern United States, spanning north from Minnesota and New York, south to Texas and Florida.<ref>Template:BONAP</ref>

It has a wide natural habitat, being found in both forests and prairies. It is most often found in calcareous areas.<ref name=fna/><ref name=Weakley>Template:Cite web</ref> It can be locally common in some areas of its range, however, it can become rare on its geographic edges.<ref name=fna/>


Dodecatheon meadia is perennial, growing to Template:Convert high. Its flowers that emerge from a basal rosette of leaves (scapose). It blooms in the spring. The flowers are nodding, and from an umbel. Its seeds are dispersed by gusts of wind that shake the erect scapes.<ref>Shooting Star, Dodecatheon meadia Illinois Wildflowers</ref>

This species is geographically widespread, and has considerable morphological variation across its range. Most southern population have white petals, while northern populations have lavender to magenta petals.<ref name=fna>Dodecatheon meadia Flora of North America</ref>


Dodecatheon meadia 'Goliath' is a cultivar that grows larger flowers on taller scapes.<ref>Steiner, Lynn M. 2006. Landscaping with native plants of Michigan. St. Paul, MN: MBI Pub. Co. Page 82.</ref>

D. meadia<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> and the white-flowered form D. meadia f. album have both gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref><ref>Template:Cite web</ref>



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