Shooting Star
(Dodecatheon sp..)


Shooting stars grow and flower in the spring and are found throughout much of North America. The flower buds are arrayed on a long flower stalk and when the sepals bend back the stamens stick out as seen in this time-lapse movie (~4 days of growth). The flowers are pollinated by bees. The bees hold on to the petals and buzz their wings to vibrate the flowers and release pollen from the anthers.