Friday, April 8, 2011
Native Plant of the Week: Wood Anemone ~ Anemone quinquefolia
Wood Anemone is a tiny early spring flowering woodland native. Reaching only about 6 inches in height, it's an easy plant to overlook. This is one of my favorite Anemones, flowering really early, late April - early May in our area. I would guess it is an important early flowering plant for emerging bumble bees.
The five parted (sometimes 6) flowers can range from white to medium pink in color. The leaves are a burgundy color when emerging, changing to a medium green when mature. The leaves are palmately divided into 3 lobed sections.
Wood Anemone is native to eastern North America, from Alberta eastwards in Canada, and the Dakotas eastwards in the US.