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Enemion biternatum (False Rue Anemone)

Eastern False Rue Anemone, Isopyrum, Isopyrum biternatum


Enemion biternatum (False Rue Anemone) is a charming woodland perennial boasting white flowers, less than 1 in. across (2.5 cm), adorned with 5-10 petal-like sepals and a dense cluster of yellow stamens. Blooming for about 3 weeks in early to late spring, the delicate flowers appear individually or in groups of 2-3, atop slender stems mostly arising from the leaf axils. Attractive to native bees, they rise above a lacy rosette of 3-parted, dark-green leaves. Native to eastern North America, False Rue Anemone occurs naturally in rich mesic woodlands and low woodlands along streams where deciduous trees are dominant. This spring ephemeral spreads to form dense colonies and creates a lovely carpet of vegetation. False Rue Anemone becomes dormant in summer, however, new leaves will appear in fall, lending their unique texture to the autumn and winter.

  • Grows up to 6-10 in. tall (15-25 cm) and 3-6 in. wide (7-15 cm).
  • Performs best in humus-rich, moist to mesic, well-drained soils in part shade. Tolerates seasonal flooding.
  • Fits beautifully in wildflower gardens, woodland gardens, or shaded rock gardens.
  • Easy to grow, False Rue Anemone is generally pest and disease free.
  • Propagate by division or seed.
  • Native to eastern North America.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 6" – 10" (15cm – 25cm)
Spread 3" – 6" (7cm – 15cm)
Spacing 6" (15cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, New York, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma
Garden Uses Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 6" – 10" (15cm – 25cm)
Spread 3" – 6" (7cm – 15cm)
Spacing 6" (15cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, New York, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma
Garden Uses Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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