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Flower  Wood Anemones

Wood Anemone - Photo  Copyright 2003 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

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Latin name: Anemone nemorosa

Size: Grows up to 25cms.

Distribution: Widespread throughout the UK.

Flowering months: March to May

Habitat: Normally found in shady deciduous woodlands.

Special features: Most of the year this plant is hidden from view. It has no foliage, and looks just like a lumpy root (known as a 'rhizome') in the soil. Then at the end of February it bursts into life, sending up deeply lobed leaves, and flowers until May.

It is a member of the buttercup family. The flowers of the wood anemone are a little unusual, in that they have no petals, only sepals, which are white in colour. These are known as primitive flowers.


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