Starflower - Trientalis borealis (Primrose family - Primulaceae)

 

Starflower - Trientalis borealis (Primrose family - Primulaceae) Two fragile 6 to 7 pointed stars on threadlike stalks rise above a whorl of 5 to 9 shiny, tapering leaves. Flowers are about ½" wide. Height: 4 - 8 inches.

 

 

 


Cool woods, high slopes. The background of shiny green leaves against which these pure white, starlike flowers are set accentuates the allusion to a star. The generic name is from a Latin word meaning "one third of a foot" and refers to the height of the plant.

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