Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Ephemerals
Light Requirements: part-shade, shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: acid, rich, loam, clay
Bloom Time: April, May
Bloom Color: white
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: colonizing, deer resistant, ephemeral, naturalizing, poisonous, shade garden plant, woodland plant
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Anemone quinquefoliaAlso known as:
Anemone quinquefolia is a charming woodland, spring ephemeral. A low growing plant that rarely exceeds a height of 8". Each white to pinkish flower emerges atop a solitary stem, and is comprised of 5 petal-like sepals. The basal foliage is deeply lobed,to the extent that each leaf looks like it is comprised of 5 leaflets. These are also deeply cleft, so that the plant's appearance is delicate and intricate.
Native to open, deciduous woodlands and forest margins, it prefers and environment that is consistently moist during its growing season. It spreads mainly by horizontal rhizomes and, given enough time, will spread to form and attractive spring ground cover until the leaves die back and the plants go dormant in early summer. Because the flowers are made of sepals rather than petals, they are long lasting. The blooming period occurs mid-spring, and lasts about a month. Zones 3-8
Seeds will require periods of cold moist stratification, and are best sown in fall. Plants propagate by seed will take up to 4 years to produce flowers. Easy to propagate by root division, or cuttings, in fall or early spring.
Anemone quinquefolia is an exquisite spring ephemeral that combines beautifully with trilliums and trout lilies. All parts of the plant should be considered poisonous if ingested in large quantities. Deer tend to shy away from them.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV
|Species||Anemone quinquefolia||wood anemone|