Trillium Ridge Flora and Fauna
Shooting star
Dodecatheon sp
Location: Front, by altheas
This is one of the most beautiful spring wildflowers in the prairie. A colony of these plants in bloom is a sight not to be missed. Early pioneers called this plant 'Prairie Pointers. 'Shooting Star occurs in the majority of counties in Illinois (see Distribution Map). This plant is occasional to locally common in highClose-Up of Basal Leaves quality habitats, otherwise it is rare or absent. Habitats include moist to slightly dry black soil prairies, hill prairies, openings in rocky upland forests, limestone glades, bluffs along major rivers, fens, and abandoned fields.
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Genus: Dodecatheon (shooting stars)
Family: Primulaceae (primrose)
Order: Ericales (ericales)
Class: Magnoliopsida (Dicots)
Phylum/Division: Magnoliophyta (Flowering plants)
Kingdom: Plantae (Plants)