Primula meadia (L.) A.R.Mast & Reveal  
Family: Primulaceae
eastern shooting-star, pride-of-Ohio
[Dodecatheon hugeri Small, Dodecatheon meadia , Dodecatheon meadia f. sedens L., Dodecatheon meadia subsp. brachycarpum L., Dodecatheon meadia subsp. brachycarpum f. pallidum L., Dodecatheon meadia subsp. meadia , Dodecatheon meadia var. genuinum L., Dodecatheon meadia var. meadia L., Dodecatheon meadia var. obesum L., Dodecatheon meadia var. stanfieldii L., Dodecatheon stanfieldii Small]
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Paul Drobot  
Etymology: Dodecatheon: from Greek dodeka, "twelve;" thios, "god(s)." One source implies it was considered to be powerful medicine and under the care of the twelve leading gods, and another suggests that because the flowers sometimes appear in clusters of twelve
Plants: erect, perennial, 8"-24" tall, smooth forb
Leaves: oblong, basal, often with a reddish base
Flowers: magenta, 5-parted, 3/4"-1" long, petals facing backward and upward from the flower center; inflorescence an umbel of nodding, long-stalked flowers on a 8"-24" tall stalk; blooms April-June
Fruits: light red/brown capsule, thin-walled, often about 3 times as long as wide, splitting at the base
Habitat: shade; moist; cliffs, streambanks; in limy soil
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