A whorl of basal leaves gives rise to a long stalk; at its tip arise several smaller, drooping stalks, each of which bears a single flower. Flowers with 5 petallike, large lobes recurved upward. Stamens and pistil protrude downward from tube, giving the “shooting star” appearance. Color pink, white, or purplish. Blooms April-June. Leaves basal, long-ovate to spatula-shaped, narrowed toward base, the midrib often tinted red. Plants and flowers on prairies are much more robust and larger than those growing on glades.