Canada anemone, also known as meadow anemone is a fast spreading, colony-forming, North American native perennial found growing in moist meadows, along wet wood edges, and along stream banks. Attractive, spring-blooming, white flowers have showy yellow center stamens on long, stalked branches.
This species is native to the Chicago Region according to Swink and Wilhelm's Plants of the Chicago Region, with updates made according to current research.
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Chicago area,
- North America
- Mixed border,
- Medium plant (12-24 inches)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 3,
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7,
- Zone 8,
- Zone 9
- Alkaline soil,
- Moist, well-drained soil,
- Sandy soil
- Occasional drought,
- Wet sites,
- Occasional flooding,
- Alkaline soil,
- Road salt
Season of Interest:
- Late spring,
- Early summer,
- Mid summer
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
Colony-forming, 18 to 24 inches high and 24 to 36 inches wide
Spreads by rhizomes
Sun to part shade in moist woodlands
Naturalizes in moist areas
Avoid windy sites
Can be an aggressive spreader
Disease, pests, and problems
Leaf spots, powdery mildew, rust, and slugs
Disease, pest, and problem resistance
Salt and deer
Native geographic location and habitat
Found throughout North America, MT to ND, MN, ME.
Occurs in northern and central IL
Attracts birds, butterflies or pollinators
Butterflies and other pollinators
Clusters of basal leaves up to 3 inches long with deeply divided, 3 to 5 lobes, then subdivided into 2 to 3 secondary lobes.
Dark green with toothed margins.
Flower stems are about 12 inches high above leaves where flowers form on long pedicels (stems).
Flowers are 1 to 1 1/2 inches wide with 5 white petals /sepals have bright yellow centers (anthers).
Flowers are long blooming from late spring to mid-summer
Cluster of achenes