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Anemone caroliniana (Carolina anemone)
Cressler, Alan

Anemone caroliniana

Anemone caroliniana Walter

Carolina Anemone, Carolina Thimbleweed, Southern Thimbleweed

Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)


USDA Symbol: ANCA9

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A 6-24 in. perennial with basal leaves, deeply three-lobed. A terminal flower, subtended by a single pair of leaves, has numerous white to purple, petal-like sepals surrounding many yellow stamens.

Anemone is derived from Greek word "anemos" meaning "wind"; the flowers would supposedly open with spring breezes.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Achene
Size Notes: Up to about 2 feet tall, often shorter.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May
Bloom Notes: White to rose or blue to purple.


USA: AL , AR , DC , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , LA , MN , MO , MS , NC , NE , OK , SC , SD , TN , TX , WI
Native Distribution: VA to SD, s. to GA & e. TX
Native Habitat: Dry prairies

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Calcareous sands and gravels


Commercially Avail: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0174 Collected Mar. 5, 1991 in Bexar County by Judith C. Berry

1 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium


Bibref 1294 - The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.
Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Anemone caroliniana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Anemone caroliniana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Anemone caroliniana


Record Modified: 2023-05-03
Research By: TWC Staff

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