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Anemone virginiana

Tall Anemone

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White flowers bloom on multiple tall thin stalks beginning in late spring, and persist through summer.

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White flowers bloom on multiple tall thin stalks beginning in late spring, and persist through summer. A whorl of leaves grows mid-way down the stalks with additional lush, green leaves growing below.  Leaves are deeply cut with pointed lobes, offering texture and beauty within the foliage. The developing fruits appear like small pineapples, cones or are sometimes interpreted to appear like thimbles, giving rise to a common name, Tall Thimbleweed. The ripe fruit opens into white fluff with dark seeds, which persists throughout the winter, offering additional interest in the winter garden. Tall Anemone prefers rich acid soils with high organic matter, either dry or moist. Mature plants show considerable drought tolerance. Prefers partial shade, but grows in full sun and tolerates heavy shade. Native habitat includes woodland edges, meadows and fields. Plant in mass within your native perennial garden, along borders or a wooded edge. Grow from seed sown in fall or early spring. All parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested in large quantities; a characteristic that offers deer resistance. 

Wildlife Value: Small bees, small butterflies and small flies visit the flowers.

Plant Details:

Other Scientific Names: Anemone hirsuta

Other Common Names: Tall Thimbleweed

Plant Type: Flower, Perennial

New Jersey Native: Yes

Bloom Colors: White

Deer Resistance: High

Attracts Pollinators and Wildlife: Bees and Other Pollinators, Butterflies

Salt Tolerance: Unknown

Hardiness Zone: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b

Physiographic Region: All Regions in NJ

Soil Characteristics

Soil Type: Loam, Organic

Soil Moisture: Dry, Moist

Soil pH: Acidic, Slightly Acidic, Neutral, Slightly Alkaline

Light Needs of Plant

Optimal Light: Partial Shade

Light Range: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Water Needs of Plant

Soil Moisture: Dry, Moist

Drought Tolerance: High

Size and Growth Rate

Height: 1 - 2.5 ft

Spread: .75 - 1 ft

Growth Rate: Medium-fast