Shooting star is an iconic spring bloomer whose namesake is fairly obvious. Fancy little meteoric flowers are one of our earlier bloomers, appearing alongside buttercups, larkspur, and prairie star.
These showy plants are ephemeral, meaning they go completely dormant during the summer. After the blooms are spent, the entire plant will vanish. But it isn't dead. Next spring it will reappear, bigger and better.
Shooting stars are a little finicky - they don't like to be disturbed while they're dormant (so mark where you planted them and don't water too much or dig around). Plant with summer bloomers like blanketflower, yarrow, and asters to keep the color going all season long.
- Dodecatheon pulchellum