I think that the Shooting Star is one of the prettiest of the wildflowers. The magenta color is so vivid and they have such an extraordinary shape. I just love them.
I took this photograph on Gem Lake Trail…not too far from the trailhead. It was very moist and they love that type of site. I’ve also see them near the entrance to Cub Lake Trail and at Lily Lake.
The Shooting Star has 5 long lobes that are swept backward from a yellowish collar, with a wavy purplish ring at the mouth. There are 5 fused anthers about 1 cm long that project from the mouth.
The Shooting Star blooms from May to August, so they should be around for a while.