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Common Name(s): Wood Anemone
Scientific Name: Anemone nemorosa
Wood Anemone, or Anemone nemorosa, is a pretty spring flower of ancient woodlands, and is also planted in graveyards, parks and gardens. Its white flowers bloom between March and May before the canopy becomes too dense, but its seeds are mostly infertile and it spreads slowly (six feet in a hundred years!), relying on the growth of its root structure rather than the spread of its seed. It is often a good indicator of ancient woodland. Despite its penchant for wooded places, the wood anemone actually dislikes too much shade and will only open fully in bright sunshine. Its flowering time is thus well suited to the early part of the year, before the trees' foliage grows too thick and light is blotted out. An easily recognisable flower, Wood Anemone is low-growing, with usually 6-7 large, white or purple-streaked 'petals' (which are actually its sepals), deeply lobed leaves and a thin, red stem. Common and found throughout the UK.
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