Botanical Name: Anemone virginiana
En Français: Anémone de Virginie
This plant bears a few fine, short, soft hairs. Its stem grows 60 to 100 cm tall and is ramified above the small leaves that grow around the flower (involucre). The basal leaves have long stalks. They are divided into three parts, which are themselves further divided. The flower stalks are 15 to 30 cm long. The flowers are greenish-white. Its ovate or cylindrical fruit is more than 1 cm across.
Excellent spring flower for the shaded or woodland garden. A good choice for naturalized areas or native wildflower gardens.
Planting and Care Considerations
Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerates full shade. Prefers moist, sandy-humusy soils. Not as aggressive as most other anemone species.
Spread: Up to 60 cm
Best Soil: Prefers moist, sandy-humusy soils.
This wild plant is spurned by animals due to its blistering sap. Even deer will avoid browsing the plant because all parts have a chemical which causes pain, blisters and irritation of the mouth that can develop into vomiting and diarrhea if ingested.
All parts of this plant are toxic when eaten in large quantities. This plant has expectorant, astringent and emetic properties. Amerindians used a decoction of its roots to treat coughs, tuberculosis and diarrhea.