Shooting starDodecatheon meadia L.
other common names: roosterheads, American cowslip, bird-bills, Indian chief, pride-of-Ohio, Johnny jump
Dodecatheon: from Greek for “twelve gods,” a name originally applied to another plant and later transferred to this genus
Meadia: in honor of Dr. Richard Mead, an early English physician and botanist
Primrose family: Primulaceae
Photograph by Thomas Rosburg, Wildflowers of the Tallgrass Prairie: The Upper Midwest, Second Edition