Shooting Stars are doubly welcome, first as a harbinger of spring and secondly as one of the most beautiful flowers to be found in the county. The color of the flower is typically pale to dark pink with white and yellow bands between the base of the petals and the anthers. White forms are not uncommon, occasionally with yellow bases and pale anthers. The swept back petals are immediately identifiable and the long exserted anthers appear more or less fused to form an elongated cone around the style. The varieties differ in very subtle ways. Var. gracilis (which is the coastal form) has a distinct yellow spot at the base of each anther. Var. insularis (the inland form) does not.