Anemone multifida Poir.
Pacific anemone, Red windflower, Early thimbleweed, Cut-leaf anemone
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)
USDA Symbol: anmu
A variable plant, largely determined by ecological conditions, with a number of distinctive races. Generally a loosely clumped perennial with slender, 6-20 in., silky-haired stems and long-petioled leaves divided 2-3 times into narrow segments or lobes. The flowers are yellowish-white within; greenish, yellowish or purplish and silky outside. Some varieties bear bright red sepals. A silky, pinkish seedhead follows the flower.
Because the species is so variable and local, if using it in a native plant garden it is especially important to choose material from nearby sources and habitats that match your site.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink , Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: AK , AZ , CA , CO , ID , ME , MI , MN , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , NY , OR , SD , UT , VT , WA , WI , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NB , NS , ON , QC , SK
Native Distribution: Nf. to AK, s. locally to n. New England, n. MI, UT & n. CA
Native Habitat: Dryish, gravelly sites; open woods; limestone ridges
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: None
Soil Description: Gravelly, calcareous soils.
Conditions Comments: Because the species is so variable & local, it is especially important to choose material from nearby sources and habitats that matches your site.
BenefitWarning: 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: yes
PropagationDescription: Grow from seed sown in fall or early spring. Older plants can be divided in spring.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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BibliographyBibref 902 - Ex situ plant conservation : supporting species survival in the wild (2004) Guerrant, E. O.; K. Havens; M. Maunder
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Anemone multifida in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Anemone multifida in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2012-07-03
Research By: TWC Staff