The starflower is a beautiful little New England wildflower that thrives in our cool woods and peat-rich soil. We often see them growing next to large trees or rocks in shaded areas. The entire plant measures from four to eight inches tall. The flowers appear in late May to early June… they are small (about a half inch across) and white, with the pointed petals arranged in the shape of a star.
Some people believe that starflowers always have seven petals, seven leaves in the whorl, and seven sepals, but the starflowers in this area don’t follow that pattern and will have anywhere from five to nine petals.
This plant has long, narrow leaves that form a single whorl and mirror the arrangement of the flower petals. Very often there will be seven leaves in the whorl, but just as often there will be as few as five or as many as ten leaves.
Each plant will have one or two flowers rising above the whorl of leaves on slender stems.