Eastern Shooting Star is a striking spring wildflower found in much of the central portion of the eastern United States. The plants range up to two feet tall and feature a cluster of large elliptical leaves at the base of the plant, and a single stalk topped by several nodding blossoms.

Eastern Shooting Star
Photo: Mike Habeck.

The white petals of each flower are pulled sharply back. More than a dozen related species occur in the United States, including the Western Shooting Star, which sports lavendar petals.

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