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Snowdrop anemone

Snowdrop anemone has fragrant white flowers.

Snowdrop anemone is a spring-blooming, spreading perennial with slightly nodding, white flowers that rise above dark green maple-like foliage. Excellent for a woodland garden.

Botanical name:

Anemone sylvestris

All Common Names:

Snowdrop anemone, windflower

Family (English):


Family (Botanic):


Tree or Plant Type:

  • Perennial

Native Locale:

  • Non-native

Landscape Uses:

  • Foundation,
  • Massing,
  • Mixed border,
  • Specimen

Size Range:

  • Medium plant (12-24 inches),
  • Small plant (6-12 inches)

Light Exposure:

  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
  • Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)

Hardiness Zones:

  • Zone 3,
  • Zone 4,
  • Zone 5 (Chicago),
  • Zone 6,
  • Zone 7,
  • Zone 8,
  • Zone 9

Soil Preference:

  • Alkaline soil,
  • Moist, well-drained soil


  • Occasional drought,
  • Alkaline soil,
  • Clay soil

Season of Interest:

  • Early spring,
  • Mid spring,
  • Late spring,
  • Early fall,
  • Mid fall

Flower Color & Fragrance:

  • Fragrant,
  • White

Shape or Form:

  • Creeping,
  • Mounded

Growth Rate:

  • Moderate

More Information:


A spreading perennial reaching 12 to 18 inches high
A good plant for naturalizing in woodlands

Plant Care

Best in part shade in loose, well-drained alkaline soil.
Spreads by rhizomes and can be aggressive
Tolerant of clay soil, which slows down the spread.
Divide in spring or fall.

Disease, pests, and problems

None serious; too wet soil can cause root rots

Disease, pest, and problem resistance

Rabbits, deer

Native geographic location and habitat

Found in meadows and dry woodlands in Europe to Russia, China and Caucasus

Attracts birds, and pollinators

Butterflies and other pollinators

Leaf description

Dark green, maple-like leaves with strong lobes; often ferny-like.

Flower description

Cup-shaped, slightly fragrant, nodding, 5-petaled, bright white flowers with yellow stamens.
Flowers borne on wiry stems above the foliage in late spring to early summer and sporadic bloom in fall.

Fruit description

Fluffy seed heads

Location of Anemone sylvestris (Snowdrop anemone) at the Arboretum