Thimbleweed (Tall Anemone)

Anemone virginiana
Ranunculaceae (crowfoots)

Perennial herb with a erect, unbranched stalk. Flowers about 1 inch across, usually 1–3, with 5 off-white or greenish-white sepals (there are no petals). Fruits are densely clustered at the center in a thimble-shaped dome, thus the name “thimbleweed.” Blooms April–August. Leaves 3-divided with deeply cleft and large-toothed leaflets, the basal leaves and the stem leaves on petioles, the basal on very long stems. Fruits when mature are a fluffy, white mass of seeds that often remains on the stalk through the winter.

Height: to 3 feet tall.
Habitat and conservation: 
Occurs in rocky or dry open woods on slopes or in valleys and in prairies.
Distribution in Missouri: 
Human connections: 
The Missouri Botanical Garden recommends this species for shaded and woodland gardens as well as for naturalized or native-plant gardens. It tolerates dry, shallow, and rocky soils as well as dense shade. Make sure you obtain your plants from reputable nurseries and not from the wild!
Ecosystem connections: 
Several types of insects collect nectar from the flowers. Apparently the plant is rarely eaten by mammals because of chemicals that irritate the mouth and digestive tract.
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