wood anemone

Anemone nemorosa (wood anemone) is a lovely white woodland flower flushed with color on the reverse with deep purple-blue anthers. It blooms in mid-to late spring and blooms for many weeks in our garden with the lacy foliage providing many more weeks of interest.

This flower is easy to maintain and will thrive in a variety of soil conditions. Anemone comes from the Greek words for wind or breath, anemos, and habitat, mone, which would make perfectly good sense why this “Windy City” would have them in Lurie Garden. This plant slowly spreads in the garden becoming the “feet” for a spring planting design. Although it’s beautiful, the Anemone plant can be toxic to humans and some rodents if consumed in high doses. Luckily, they are more kind to honey-bees as it provides them with nectar and pollen.

Botanical Name Anemone nemorosa
Common Name wood anemone
Family Ranunculaceae
USDA Zone 5 thru 8
Light Requirement Full Sun to Part Shade
Season(s) of interest spring
Height and Spread 0.5-1.5ft x 0.5-1.5ft (15-45cm x 15-45cm)
Flower Color White, underside of petals shaded purple
Attracts Wildlife Provides Food for Birds, Attracts Pollinators, Rarely Browsed by Mammalian Herbivores
Additional Information Not Native to the US Midwest. Native to Europe
Location in Lurie Garden North Dark Plate, Southwest Dark Plate, Southeast Dark Plate, East Dark Plate​


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