Name: Trientalis borealis aka starflower
Type of Plant: A low, perennial wild flower that blooms in May and June with small, but very noticeable, white flowers.
Why I Love/Hate this plant: This is one of the few plants that has flowers with 7 petals…although sometimes you’ll see starflowers with 6 petals. It frequently grows in communities with wild lily-of-the-valley (Maianthemum canadense), spotted wintergreen (Chimaphila maculate) and other woodland plants. I love this plant because it is not only fresh and cheerful, but it is fleeting. Look for this plant in late spring and early summer, because later in the season it disappears. It’s a plant that calls us to celebrate being in the moment and appreciate the unfolding of the seasons.