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PlantFiles: Rue Anemone, Wood Anemone, Windflower, Crowfoot
Thalictrum thalictroides

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Thalictrum (tha-LIK-trum) (Info)
Species: thalictroides (thal-ik-TROY-deez) (Info)

Synonym:Anemonella thalictroides
Synonym:Anemone thalictroides

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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6 positives
3 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive bbureau On May 6, 2008, bbureau from Stacy, MN wrote:

These flowers grew wild near my childhood home in Stillwater, MN. I have since propagated them in my native garden with quite a bit of success. They add a nice springtime dash of color and remind me of my of the Oak-shrouded hills around Long Lake.

Positive passiflora_pink On May 15, 2007, passiflora_pink from Shelby County, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

One of the first plants to bloom in the spring. Delicate flowers rise above dainty foliage. Tougher than it looks.

Neutral frostweed On Nov 22, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Rue Anemone, Wood Anemone, Windflower, Crowfoot Anemonella thalictroides is native to Texas and other States.

Negative queentika On Jun 9, 2006, queentika from Spokane, WA wrote:

I find that this plant is spreading rapidly and crowding out most everything else in the area. It's not easy to get all of the creeping rhizomes when I'm weeding them out. I have yet to see them bloom (just moved to a new house and inherited a swell garden) so I may like them better later.

Positive raisedbedbob On Feb 8, 2006, raisedbedbob from Walkerton, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

American Indians used root tea to treat diarrhea and vomitting.

Positive DiOhio On Apr 27, 2004, DiOhio from Corning, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

This native wildflower grows abundantly in our woods (SE Ohio) on ravine slopes and bottoms.

Positive drache On Apr 4, 2004, drache wrote:

Found growing wild and blooming this week(31 Mar 2004) in Cedar Creek drainage of northern Richland County, SC.
Fairly extensive stand covering several acres along the creek. First that I've noted in this part of the state. Be interested in hearing from anyone that's seen it further to the east and south.

Positive fiddledydee On Apr 2, 2003, fiddledydee wrote:

One of the earliest flowerers in native British woods, the wild ancestor is still found in shaded areas. Its leaves appear to be more palmated than the cultivated descendant. It is a shade tolerant plant but thrives best in moist areas with dappled light. The common name 'Wind Flower' derives from the way it appears to open its flowers when the wind is blowing, and from the greek 'Anemos' meaning 'the Wind'.

Neutral dendro On Oct 30, 2002, dendro wrote:

This Rue is said to cause a possible dermatitis (similar to poison ivy) in sensitive folks, with the exposure to sun light.

Neutral herblady On Sep 1, 2001, herblady from Knoxville, TN wrote:

The species was placed in the Anemone genus by Linnaeus.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Cullman, Alabama
Pelham, Alabama
Morrilton, Arkansas
Tallahassee, Florida
Evanston, Illinois
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Brookeville, Maryland
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Stacy, Minnesota
Cole Camp, Missouri
Piedmont, Missouri
Croton On Hudson, New York
Cincinnati, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Viola, Tennessee
Leesburg, Virginia
Lexington, Virginia

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