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Anemone virginiana

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Anemone (uh-NEM-oh-nee) (Info)
Species: virginiana (vir-jin-ee-AN-uh) (Info)

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

Negative coriaceous On Feb 1, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Extremely aggressive in the garden, here in the northeastern US. This native plant may not be a threat to the environment, but it's difficult to control in the garden.

Neutral smiln32 On Aug 29, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Numerous citrine-yellow cup shaped flowers bloom on strong upright stems high above the green vine like leaves. As the leaves age, they turn to chocolate-brown. Easy to grow.

Neutral Baa On Sep 18, 2001, Baa wrote:

Perennial Anemone from the USA. Has mid-green, palmate leaves divided into 3 leaflets which are deeply dissected. Bears small, white, sometimes very pale green tinged, saucer shaped flowers under 1 inch across.

Flowers May - July

Likes moist, well drained, humus rich soil in full sun or partial shade. Isn't phased by neglect and is great in a light woodland setting.

Has fluffy seedheads in early Autumn and can get a little weedy if left to its own devices for too long.


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

Deerfield, Illinois
Somerset, Kentucky
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Erie, Michigan
Midland, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Frenchtown, New Jersey
Greensboro, North Carolina
Glouster, Ohio
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Arlington, Virginia
Leesburg, Virginia
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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