Wood Anemone Anemone nemorosa

The Wood Anemone is a pretty spring flower of ancient woodlands, and is also planted in graveyards, parks and gardens. Its white flowers bloom between March and May before the canopy becomes too dense, but its seeds are mostly infertile and it spreads slowly through the growth of its roots.

Behaviour

An easily recognisable flower, Wood Anemone is low-growing, with six large, white or purple-streaked 'petals' (which are actually its sepals), deeply lobed leaves and a thin, red stem.

Size

Height: up to 25cm

Status

Common.

Distribution

Found throughout the country.

When to see

March – May

Facts

The Wood Anemone is named after the Greek wind god, Anemos, who sent his namesakes, the anemones, in early spring to herald his coming. This legend gives the flower its other common name of 'Windflower'.

Common name

Wood Anemone

Species name

Anemone nemorosa

When to see in Scotland

March – May

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