Common Names: Rue anemone
Sub-category: Buttercup family
A hairless plant growing from tuberous roots, with upright 10 to 30 cm tall, stems which end with flowers. The basal leaves have 10 to 30 cm long petioles and leaf blades that are 2x-ternately compound. The leaflets are widely rounded in shape and the ends are three lobed. It flowers in early spring and the flowers are borne singularly, or in umbel-like inflorescences with 3 to 6 flowers. The flowers have short stems that hold the fully opened flowers above the foliage. The involucral bracts are 3-foliolate, and shaped like the leaves. The showy rounded flowers have many yellow stamens in the middle, and a cup of white to pinkish-lavender sepals. In late spring, 3 to 4.5 mm long, ovoid to fusiform shaped fruits called achenes are released. The green achenes have 8 to 10 prominent veins and become dark brown when ripe.
Typically found in mixed and deciduous forests. Blooms in spring.
Primary Flower Color: White
Secondary Flower Color: Pink