Anemone quinquefolia

Common Names: North American wood anemone, nightcaps
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Buttercup family

A perennial herbaceous plant, growing in early spring to 10 to 30 cm tall, and dying back down to the root-like rhizomes by mid summer. The rhizomes, that spread just below the earth surface, grow quickly, contributing to its rapid spread in woodland conditions, where it can carpet large areas. The flower is 1 to 2.5 cm diameter, with five (occasionally four, or six to nine) petal-like segments (actually tepals). The flowers are white, commonly flushed pinkish. The leaves are in three parts with deeply lobed lateral leaflets, giving the appearance of five leaflets. The leaf veins are branched and not parallel.

Found in woodland borders, open woods, and sometimes as a cultivated plant in landscaping,

Edible Notes: Poisonous.
Warnings: The plant contains poisonous chemicals that are toxic to animals including humans. All parts of the plant contain protoanemonin, which can cause severe skin and gastrointestinal irritation, burning mouth sensation, burning throat sensation, mouth ulcers, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, bitter taste in mouth, blood in vomit.