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Plant Profile: Canadian Anemone (Anemone canadensis)

A North American native of moist meadows, streams banks, and open woods, Canadian anemone is a vigorous grower in its natural environment but is better behaved in drier sites. The 1-2” wide white flowers make a cheerful showing in spring but the dark green fine textured foliage is attractive all season long. The plant naturalizes easily and is especially attractive when allowed to form a large colony in wildflower or native plant gardens.

Type: Herbaceous perennial

Bloom: Single white flowers 1-2” across with are produced in late spring to early summer on the top of erect stems. Each flower consists of five petal-like sepals surrounding a mass of yellow stamens.

Foliage: Deeply cut dark green basal leaves

Size: 1-2’ H x 2-2.5’ W

Light: Full sun to part shade; needs more water in full sun

Soil: Humus rich, medium to wet

Hardiness: Zones 3-9

Care: Low maintenance

Pests and Diseases: None of significance

Propagation: Seeds that ripen in early summer

Companion plants: Blue flag (Iris versicolor), dogbane (Amsonia tabernae-montana), meadowsweet (Spireaea latifolia), Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica), Jacob’s ladder (Polemonium reptans), old fashioned bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis), Solomon’s seal (Smilacina racemosa), ferns, columbine (Aquilegia spp.)  and satin flower (Sisyrinchium douglasii)

Comment: Deer tolerant.

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