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Anemone cylindrica (Candle anemone)
Reveal, James L.

Anemone cylindrica

Anemone cylindrica A. Gray

Candle Anemone, Long-headed Thimbleweed, Longhead Thimbleweed, Thimbleweed

Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

This perennialís erect, multiple stems, rising 1-3 ft., are topped by a greenish-white flower with an elongated center resembling a thimble. After frost, the thimble matures to a cottony tuft. Leaves are deeply cut and clustered in a whorl halfway up the stem.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Achene
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Green , Brown
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AZ , CO , CT , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , MA , ME , MI , MN , MO , MT , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NY , OH , PA , RI , SD , VT , WI , WY
Canada: AB , MB , ON , QC , SK
Native Distribution: ME to B.C., s. to NJ, NE & in the Rockies to AZ
Native Habitat: Dry, open woods; prairies

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Rocky soils.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Supports Conservation Biological Control

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Description: Easily propagated from seed sown in fall or early spring. Older plants can be divided in early spring.
Seed Collection: Seeds ripen from mid-July to August.
Seed Treatment: No treatment is required by dry stratification over winter will enhance germination.
Commercially Avail: yes

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

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

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

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


Record Modified: 2023-01-10
Research By: TWC Staff

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