USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York. Vol. 2: 99.
USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA NRCS. Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Where Commonly Found: Meadows, fields, shores of rivers and lakes. CT (rare), MA, ME, NH, NY, VT.
How to Identify:
(For unfamiliar words: Wikipedia Glossary of Botanical Terms).
Go Botany Key for Anemone canadensis,
Missouri Botanical Garden’s description of Anemone canadensis. Click on more images.
Flower Color: White
Flower Type: Radial. Flowers are 1″ – 1-1/2″ wide, singles on long stalks. What appears as petals is actually sepals.
Flower Time: May to June
Leaf Arrangement: Basal, whorled stem leaflets. Hairy stems.
Leaf Type: Basal leaves are 2″-6″ long, with long petioles, deeply cut into 5 – 7 lobes, sharply toothed. Stem leaves are usually 3 lobes and whorled in groups of 3.
Seed Collection: Fruit are flattened, beaked achene, 1/8″ – 1/4″ long, gathered in a round spiky head. At maturity, the fruit is dry, fuzzy and flattened, 1/8″-1/4″, with a persistent style forming a long beak 1/16″-1/4″ long. These form from the cluster of pistils and separate when mature.
Attracts: Beneficial Insects
Use: Garden or Naturalizing
Light: Full Shade to Part Shade
Hardiness Zone: 3 to 8 USDA Zone Map
Soils: Dry to Moist
Notes: Lovely early flowering ground cover, very suitable for a shady pollinator garden, offers early flowering. Poisonous if eaten in large quantities, irritating to the mouth.
Native to NH, CT, MA, NY and upper Midwest: Biota of North America Program (BONAP) – North American Plant Atlas (NAPA).