According to the U.S. Forest Service, star flowers are rhizomes that bloom in small white flowers, no more than 1/2 inch in diameter. They are quite common in both coniferous and deciduous forests.
Star flowers grow best in shady woods with moist soil. However, the star flower can also grow in drier regions. In the summer, the plant goes dormant.
According to the U.S. Forest Service, the flower's genus is Trientalis. In Latin, this means "one third of a foot," which is about how tall the star flower gets to be.