At home in moist, sandy, or rocky soils, Shooting Star can be found in prairies, meadows, and open woods. In fact, early settlers called this plant “Prairie Pointers,” as they were markers of a prairie landscape. They are also often found on slopes, likely because there is less competition from other plants.
Due to their small size, by the time the flowers have matured into rather attractive mahogany-colored seed pods, they are often obscured by other later-season perennials. By mid-summer Shooting Stars have already gone dormant due to their ephemeral nature.
Although this perennial has a very short growing season, it is still a show-stopper. At a time when winter has finally come to a close and the snow has melted down to expose brown bare earth, when we humans are taking our first walks searching diligently for the first signs of life in spring, this little gem is a welcome, uplifting sight. Medicine for the soul.
Plant this in a meadow garden or a wildflower garden. It would be best to plant Shooting Star toward the front of the bed and surround it with a shorter groundcover so that they do not become obscured by taller garden perennials.