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About the Eastern Star Flower & Its Meaning

By David Harris
Star flower blooms in the spring.

The star flower is a perennial herb found in the northeastern United States, Canada and parts of the Pacific Northwest. More often found in the wild than gardens, star flowers require little maintenance if you decide to cultivate them.

Identification

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.

Geography

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.

Significance

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.

 

About the Author

 

David Harris is a writer living in Portland, Ore. He currently is the editor-in-chief of the online magazine Spectrum Culture. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College.