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Shooting star is aptly named, and the gorgeous, complex structure of the flower will have you marveling at how innovative nature can be. This intriguing little woodland native is a great choice for naturalistic shade gardens, those under a cluster of trees with lots of other shade lovers in a backyard or along the edge of a woods. Growing wild in much of eastern North America, shooting star gets its name from its five back-swept petals that give the flower the appearance of a shooting star plummeting from the sky.
It's a spring bloomer and the foliage dies back as the season progresses, so it's best suited to naturalized areas, such as a woodland or wildflower garden, where the fading foliage can blend in.