Plan the perfect garden with our interactive tool →

About the Eastern Star Flower & Its Meaning

blue star flowers image by Penny Williams from

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.


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.

Garden Guides