Starflowers

A group of the white woodland wildflower, Lysimachia borealis (aka Trientalis borealis):

Always delightful to find. There can be dozens of them in the forest understory.

13 thoughts on “Starflowers

  1. As common as they are, starflowers are still a delight to find and I am lucky enough to have a few growing naturally in the yard. Nice collection of sevens on average which is an unusual number in flowers.

    • None in my yard, but it was fun to find this patch in a favorite spot in Carlisle that I visit for other things. Seven petals is the number I often see for starflower. You must have woods in your backyard…

      • Our property is about an acre and I’d say the wooded area is about 25% of that. We’ve had some trees taken down but that area is still fairly shaded. I am slowly trying to introduce some natives in there. Most have done well but lady’s slippers have proven difficult as one might imagine.

      • My house lot is smaller, but it has woods in the back, but no starflower. I have a wildflower meadow instead of a section of lawn in back, but its a “wildflower” mix, part native, part non-native. Last year I added more natives – the meadow is just starting to bloom now.

  2. I probably knew this at some time, but now I remember that ‘borealis’ means ‘northern.’ Lysimachia seemed familiar, too, and I finally tracked down our version: the scarlet pimpernel. It’s also a very tiny flower, but it comes in two colors: blue and orange. This star flower appeals more to white flower loving me: it looks like a miniature version of the paper stars we used to cut.

    • It’s one of the signs of the season for me – the transition from spring to early summer, the green season. I’d love to see scarlet pimpernel, it is found up here.

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