Northern starflower has lanceolate leaves which form a whorl around the stem. It bears one to three, star-shaped 7 (5-9) parted flowers on slender peduncles arising from the centre of the whorl. Northern starflower blooms in mid-June. Widely distributed in North America in open shade and moist woods, northern starflower is considered a subspecies, Trientalis borealis ssp. borealis Raf., distinguishable from the broadleaf starflower of the western part of the continenent, Trientalis borealis ssp. latifolia (Hook.) Hulten.
Trientalis means a third of a foot, referring to the height of the plant.
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|May 30, 2005 Lunenburg County, Indian Path Common. Photographer: Ocotillo.|