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Tall Thimbleweed
Anemone virginiana

This perennial plant is about 1-2½' tall. The stems have scattered white hairs and there is little branching, except for the production of long stalks for the flowers. The leaves occur in 1 or 2 whorls along the stem, usually in groups of 2 or 3. They are up to 5 inches long and across and have long petioles with scattered white hairs. Each major leaf is divided into 2 or 3 deep lobes, which are in turn divided into 2 or 3 shallower lobes. Because these divisions are rather sharp, the leaves are cleft. Furthermore, the margins are coarsely serrate or dentate. The leaves are often light green or yellowish green in bright sunlight.

USDA symbol: ANVI3

General Information

Plant TypeForb
Height3 feet
Light ExposureSun, Part Sun
Soil MoistureDry, Medium
Bloom ColorWhite, Green, Brown
Tall Thimbleweed (Tall Thimbleweed<div><em class="small">Anemone virginiana</em></div>)
Photo credit: Minnesota Wildflowers (Click to enlarge)


Flooding / Inundation ToleranceLow
General Resilience7
Salt ToleranceNone
Stress ToleranceAcidic Conditions, Drought Tolerant

Pollinator Value: Medium

Bloom MonthsJune to August
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Provides Nectar, Supports Generalists

Project Planning

Project TypeBoulevard, Shoreline Buffer
Coefficient of Conservatism7
Herbivore SensitivityLow
Rate of SpreadSlow
Soil StabilizationShallow
Vegetative ReproductionClonal


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