Mystery plant 083

This plant grows in woodlands or open areas in eastern and central North America.  When you can identify it, please leave its common and scientific names in a comment.  Also, share any personal connection you may have with this plant.




Flower buds


Plant in bloom




Dying flowers and seed capsules developing


Dried seed capsules


ANSWER (subsequently added to this post to facilitate the “search” function for these images): Eastern shooting star (Primula meadia)

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5 Responses to Mystery plant 083

  1. Jacob G. says:

    Dodecatheon meadia
    Shooting Star

  2. Sharon Johnson says:

    I would call this plant a common shooting star (Dodecatheon meadia)

  3. John Petrotta says:

    Mystery plant 083 is Dodecatheon hendersonii

  4. Evan Raskin says:

    I agree, definitely eastern shooting star, Dodecatheon meadia (now Primula meadia). This species is Threatened in North Carolina.

  5. Angelyn says:

    Yes, this is Eastern shooting star (Primula meadia) in the Primulaceae family.

    Until Evan Raskin pointed this out, I was unaware the scientific name had changed. Quite a few reliable internet websites still use the previous scientific name of Dodecatheon meadia.

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