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European Wood Anemone
A familiar and beloved wildflower of European woodlands, this hardy perennial spangles the forest floor with white flowers in early spring. The cupped, six- to eight-lobed blooms open wide in bright light to reveal a central starburst of bright yellow anthers. The solitary flowers are borne atop compact stems clothed with heavily dissected, three-parted leaves. Similar leaves arise directly from the ground. The foliage goes dormant by midsummer. Plants grow from a branching underground network of stick-like brown rhizomes, eventually forming large colonies. Many selections have been made over the years, including blue-, pink-, and double-flowered forms.
Grow this lovely woodlander in partial shade and moist, well-drained, humus-rich soil. It will tolerate some summer drought. Naturalize it in masses in a wooded area, or use it for early color in a shaded border.
8 - 1
4 - 8
1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Partial Sun, Partial Shade
3"-12" / 7.6cm - 30.5cm
12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm
Early Spring, Spring
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
White, Blue, Light Pink
Single, Double, Semi-Double
Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower
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