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Anemone tuberosa (Tuber anemone)
Anderson, Wynn

Anemone tuberosa

Anemone tuberosa Rydb.

Tuber Anemone, Desert Anemone

Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Several stems in a cluster with 1 pinkish-purple or white flower at end of each erect branch.

There are several similar anemones in the western mountains. They differ from Pasqueflowers (Pulsatilla) by the absence of hairs on the style.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Shape: Oblanceolate
Leaf Pubescence: Pilose
Leaf Apex: Acute
Leaf Base: Cuneate
Fruit Type: Achene
Size Notes: Up to about 15 inches tall in flower.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May


USA: AZ , CA , NM , NV , TX , UT
Native Distribution: Southeastern California northeast to southern Utah and east to southern New Mexico and western Texas; also in Mexico.
Native Habitat: Among rocks on desert slopes.

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


Record Modified: 2023-05-04
Research By: TWC Staff

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