Shooting Stars

Shooting stars (Dodecatheon clevelandii) at Sage Ranch Park, in the Simi Hills, northwest of Los Angeles.

Shooting stars are among the first wildflowers to bloom following soaking Winter rains. These appear to be Dodecatheon clevelandii ssp. patulum.

The flowers produce a semitransparent, otherworldly seed capsule that traps moisture. This is an adaptation to an environment that may be cool and damp one day, and then hot and dry just a few days later.

From a run at Sage Ranch Park.