Anemone canadensis

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Ground Covers

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: acid, neutral, rich, loam, clay, sand

Height: 1'-2'

Bloom Time: April, May, June

Bloom Color: white

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Additional Tags: attracts bees, colonizing, cut flowers, deer resistant, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, stream margin plant

Anemone canadensis (Canadian anemone)
  • Anemone canadensis (Canadian anemone)
  • Anemone canadensis (Canadian anemone)
  • Anemone canadensis (Canadian anemone)

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Description

Anemone canadensis

Also known as:

Canadian anemone

,

round-leaf thimbleweed

,

Canada anemone

,

windflower

,

meadow anemone

Scientific Synonyms:

Anemonidium canadense

Description

Anemone canadensis is a robust species with ornamental and very attractive deeply lobed foliage. It is a profuse bloomer for a period of up to 1 1/2 months, during mid-spring through early summer. At up to 2" across, flowers are larger than most others in the genus. They are pure white with a yellowish center, and sit atop the foliage at a height of 18".

Cultivation

Canadian anemone is very easy to grow, and can even be aggressive under very favorable conditions. It is not particular about soil, and will adapt to any light condition other than full shade. It requires a fair amount of moisture, especially if grown in a sunny location. It is perfect for a transitional area, such as a woodland border, and will create a formidable ground cover if planted en masse. A very cold hardy species. Zones 3-7

Propagation

Can be propagated by seed. The root system is rhizomatous and dense. Very easy to propagate by clump division or root cuttings.

Additional Notes

It will attract early season pollinators and small bees. Fresh foliage contains blistering agents, making the plants resistant to deer and other browsing mammals.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
CO, CT, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, PA, SD, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV, WY

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: CT, MD, TN
  • Extirpated: MD
  • Historical: KY

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Magnoliidae
Order Ranunculales
Family Ranunculaceae Buttercup family
Genus Anemone anemone
Species Anemone canadensis Canadian anemone