Amethyst Shooting Star - Dodecatheon amethystinum
Shooting Star looks like it's zooming through space. Fuchsia petals are turned backwards, and in early spring it seems to appear out of nowhere. Blossoms rise 18" above a rosette of pretty leaves and even the seedpods are interesting. They stay on the plant for months.
Dodecatheon needs dappled sun, rich soil, even moisture - basically cool, moist shade. It's perennial in zones 3-8, is quite resilient and care-free. It's perfect for a woodland garden or a shady corner where most flowers won't bloom. The blossoms make long-lasting cut flowers.
Shooting Star makes plenty of seeds. Once it settles in, it will develop into a nice sweep. Sow seeds in fall and blooms will appear in springtime, or stratify them in moist soil in the fridge. They germinate easily.