Anemone Species, Tall Anemone, Thimbleweed

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)
Synonym:Abelemis petiolaris
Synonym:Anemone hirsuta



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

Where to Grow:

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Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

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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


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Deerfield, Illinois

Somerset, Kentucky

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Erie, Michigan

Midland, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Kansas City, Missouri

Frenchtown, New Jersey

Greensboro, North Carolina

Columbus, Ohio

Glouster, Ohio

Guysville, Ohio

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Arlington, Virginia

Leesburg, Virginia

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 26, 2017, IndianaOhio from Bath, IN wrote:

Like many plants in the Ranunculaceae family, this plant seems to be little to offer nature or to us., unless you value poisons.

This plant:

produces a lot of nectar? No (typical of many in this family)

produces a lot of pollen? No (typical of many in this family)

hosts larvae of a native insect species? Not sure, doubt it

aggressive? Yes (allelopathic, rhizomatous, seed spread, poisonous)

"Showy" flowers? Not really

particularly nice foliage? No

evergreen? No

creates fruit for animals to eat? Just little seeds

deer resistant? Yes (a bad thing since they'll eat more worthwhile species instead)

edible for humans? Definitely not... read more


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

This is a garden thug. 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. I've seen it take over gardens to the point where they have to be herbicided and replanted.


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.


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.