Starflower is a plant that grows in the forest understory or as a groundcover in damp, shaded soils, occasionally on the banks of rivers and ponds. It spreads via well-developed rhizomes and regrows from overwintering tubers in the spring. Seeds are produced, but they are not as important for reproduction as they once were.

Quick Growing Guide

Botanical Name: Trientalis borealis

Botanical Family: Primulaceae


Sun / Shade:

Water: Keep moist



Starflower can withstand a wide range of light and moisture conditions. It thrives in recently harvested forest stands and can withstand moderate habitat change.

At home, consider using it as groundcover in shaded areas.

Sources and References

University of Alberta

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