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Anemone quinquefolia (Wood Anemone)

Wood Anemone, Nightcaps

Anemone quinquefolia, Wood Anemone, Lady's Nightcap, Moonflower, Nightcaps, Old Woman's Nest, Wind-Flower, Wood Crowfoot, Wood Windflower
Anemone quinquefolia, Wood Anemone, Lady's Nightcap, Moonflower, Nightcaps, Old Woman's Nest, Wind-Flower, Wood Crowfoot, Wood Windflower

Anemone quinquefolia (Wood Anemone) is a delicate, early-spring perennial producing masses of single, star-shaped, white flowers, 1 in. wide (2.5 cm), sometimes flushed pink or rose-red on their reverse, and with a ring of prominent creamy-white stamens. Borne on short upright stems, the blossoms rise above whorls of deeply, finely cut, dark green leaves. Blooming from mid-spring to early summer, this spring ephemeral will go dormant as temperatures rise in summer. Colony forming, Wood Anemone slowly spreads from a slender rhizome to form a charming ground cover in shaded areas. This exquisite wildflower can be found in wooded areas of the eastern half of the United States. It is a perfect addition along shady edges of ponds or streams or planted in drifts in woodland gardens.

  • Rising up to 6-10 in. tall (15-25 cm), this Anemone naturalizes well and will gradually spread into colorful colonies. 
  • Easily grown in humus-rich, fertile, moist, slightly acidic, well-drained soils in part shade or full shade.
  • Undemanding and virtually pest-free and disease-free, this Anemone is a welcomed addition to woodland gardens. Deer resistant.
  • Propagate by division of clump.
  • Contact with sap may irritate the skin.
  • Native to North America.

Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Ranunculaceae
Genus Anemone
Common names Anemone, Nightcaps, Windflower, Wood Anemone
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 6" - 10"
(15cm - 25cm)
Spread 6" - 10"
(15cm - 25cm)
Spacing 10" (25cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Midwest, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northeast, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Southeast, Tennessee, United States, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Tolerance Full Shade
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Ranunculaceae
Genus Anemone
Common names Anemone, Nightcaps, Windflower, Wood Anemone
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 6" - 10"
(15cm - 25cm)
Spread 6" - 10"
(15cm - 25cm)
Spacing 10" (25cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Midwest, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northeast, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Southeast, Tennessee, United States, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Tolerance Full Shade
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
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