The starflower, or Trientalis borealis is a native perennial in Sutton which comes back mid-May and lasts about a month. The Starflower plant is small, about the size of a buttercup, and it has one to two blossoms which come out of a single plant. The plant has a whorl of green leaves. Each white flower has about seven petals on it, with small yellow stamens. The white petals form a star pattern.
While the starflower is considered endangered farther south, it is doing fine in Massachusetts. I see these in my yard every year, in the shady spots.
These photos were taken on May 18, 2013.
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Plant Photos from Sutton Massachusetts
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