More Information About Anemonella
Anemonella is a monotypic eastern US native species in the Ranunculus family, split off from its close cousin, thalictrum. Anemonella thalictroides is an easy-to-grow, deer-resistant, durable, but dainty looking plant for the woodland rock garden. The genus name Anemonella roughly translates as 'little anemone' because its flowers are miniature copies of the windflower. The species epithet thalictroides means, 'looks like thalictrum'. So which is it? Does it look like anemone or thalictrum? Well, both. The flowers resemble anemone and the leaves, thalictrum. That's how it got its common name, too, a combination of rue (thalictrum) and anemone. Anemonella flowers early in spring, often along with anemone, dicentra, hepatica and aquilegia.
Anemonella prefers a part shade site and well-drained, rich soil. It will tolerate deep shade as well. Anemonella is a spring ephemeral...it grows and flowers in the spring but is dormant by summer. Since it is summer dormant, Anemonella leaves disappear when the combination of heat and drought get to be too much. More water equals a longer lasting plant. Since it is small in stature, Anemonella needs to be sited carefully to avoid crowding by larger plants. You certainly will not "rue" this anemone if you plant one in your garden.