Anemone canadensis (Canada Anemone)
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|Habitat:||part shade, sun; moist fields, thickets, along shores|
|Bloom season:||May - July|
|Plant height:||1 to 2 feet|
|Wetland Indicator Status:||GP: FACW MW: FACW NCNE: FACW|
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1 to 3 long-stalked flowers at the top of the stem, sometimes with a pair of leaf-like bracts about midway up a stalk. Flowers are 1 to 1½ inches across, 5 white petal-like sepals and a ring of numerous yellow-tipped stamens surrounding a small, green center. Flower stalks are hairy.
Leaves and stem:
Leaves are deeply divided into 3 to 5 wedge-shaped lobes (3 is most common), the lobes further divided and with pointed tips, the edges coarsely toothed and surfaces finely hairy. The 1 to 5 basal leaves are long-stalked, generally round in outline and 3 to 6 inches long.
At the top of the stem is a whorl of 3 stalkless leaves, about 5 inches in diameter and similar in shape to the basal leaves. The long flower stalks arise from the center of the whorl. Stems are erect and sparsely hairy.
Canada Anemone can form sizable colonies via spreading rhizomes. It's found in wet ditches, on shorelines, moist prairies and meadows all across the state starting in late spring.
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Photos by K. Chayka taken at Long Lake and Rice Creek Regional Parks, Ramsey County, and in Lac Qui Parle County. Other photos courtesy Peter M. Dziuk.
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