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Anemone virginiana L.
Tall thimbleweed, Thimbleweed, Tall anemone
USDA Symbol: ANVI3
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
This perennialís erect, multiple stems, rising 2-3 ft., are topped by a greenish-white flower with a slightly elongated center resembling a short thimble. After frost, the thimble matures to a cottony tuft. Leaves are deeply cut and clustered in a whorl halfway up the stem.
The distinctive, thimble-shaped group of pistils accounts for the common name. Long-headed Thimbleweed (A. cylindrica) has narrower leaf segments and fruit in a long, cylindrical cone 1 1/2 (4 cm) long; it is found from Alberta east to Quebec and south to New Jersey and Kansas.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Root Type: Tap Leaf Complexity: Tripinnate Leaf Pubescence:
Tomentose Leaf Margin: Serrate Leaf Base: Cuneate Size Notes:
Up to 2 feet tall Flower:
Flowers 1.5 inches across
White fluff 1 inch long Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Green , Brown
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
, WY Canada: AB
, SK Native Distribution:
Almost cross the entire
southern half of Canada. In
the US from central ME
s. to GA, TN, AR,
& e. KS Native Habitat:
Woodlands, Forest Edges, Prairies, Meadows, Fields
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8) , Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2)
Drought Tolerance: High
Cold Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Dry or moist, rich, acid soils. Tolerates lime.
White flowers attractive in gardens and meadows. Fluffy seedheads also ornamental. Warning:
POISONOUS PARTS: All parts when fresh. Toxic only if eaten in large quantities. Symptoms include inflammation and blistering upon contact with fresh sap
and irritation of the mouth, vomiting and diarrhea following ingestion. (Poisonous Plants of N.C.) Conspicuous Flowers:
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Description: Grow from seed sown in fall or early spring. Older plants can be divided.
Commercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
- Johnstown, PANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, ORMt. Cuba Center
- Hockessin, DE
Record Last Modified: 2013-09-09
Research By: TWC Staff