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Anemone virginiana, Tall thimbleweed, Thimbleweed

Scientific name:  Anemone virginiana L.
Common name:  Tall thimbleweed, Thimbleweed
Family:  Ranunculaceae, Buttercup Family

Anemone virginiana, Tall thimbleweed, Thimbleweed

Life form:  Perennial
Stems:  Erect, multiple stems, 12 to 40 inches ( 30–80cm) tall
Leaves:  Whorl halfway up the stem, leaflets deeply lobed in 3 to 5 parts, tomentose, serrated margin
Inflorescence:  Single flower terminating a long peduncle
Flowers:  Compound head, 5 pointed, hairy, greenish white, petal-like sepals and numerous yellowish stamens with yellow or light brown anthers surrounding a compound head of pistils
Fruits / pods:  Achene,tiny brown seed attached to cottony fluff
Flowering Period:  June, July, August
Habitat:   Open woodlands, woodland borders, thickets, river banks

Anemone virginiana, Tall thimbleweed, Thimbleweed, Sugar Creek Glen Campground

Derivation of the botanical name:
Anemone, anemos (Greek), "wind". In Greek mythology, Anemone was the name of the daughter of the winds.
virginiana, from Virginia.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.

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Anemone virginiana, Tall thimbleweed, Thimbleweed

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