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Northern Starflower

Trientalis borealis


Trientalis borealis is a North American perennial woodland flower that blooms between May and June. They are creeping rhizomes with 8 in. (20 cm) stalks. The white flowers are a star-like shape and have 5-9 petals. This flower is listed as endangered in Georgia and Kentucky and as threatened in Illinois and Tennessee.


The Northern Starflower grows in forests, preferring open shade and moist soil. It will grow in many soil types however, unless the soil is very poor.


This summer I noticed many of these pretty little flowers in the local marsh. I had never really seen them in the area I grew up, which isn't far from where I live now. They are a very beautiful flower, most of them I observed were growing just beside the marsh trail.

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Dryden, Ontario, Canada

Spotted on Jun 19, 2013
Submitted on Aug 29, 2013

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