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At the top, the stalk are arching branches, each ending in a flower. Each flower has swept-back petals that converge to a point at the cluster of yellow stamens giving the flower the appearance of a shooting star. Flower vary in color from white to pink to light purple. There is no floral scent.
The common shootingstar plant is native to North American valleys and mountains. The plant may be found growing wild in low elevation areas in spring or in summer where consistent moisture is available