More Information About Isopyrum
The genus Isopyrum gets the common name false rue anemone from its close relationship to the real rue anemone, anemonella. The name isopyrum was assigned to the genus by Linnaeus himself and, when translated from the Greek, roughly means "looks like wheat" (Linneaus was referring to the grain-like fruit). Isopyrum is a small genus of 12 species from Europe and Asia plus another 6 species from North America that some taxonomists segregate into a separate genus called Enemion. However you divide them, isopyrum is a charming woodland groundcover generally found along stream banks in the wild.
Isopyrum species generally prefer part shade and moist, rich soil but will survive just fine in a drier site. The small white or pink flowers in early spring are just part of the attraction. Isopyrum leaves are also small and bifurcated much like a columbine. Isopyrum is an ephemeral species which means that it pops up in the spring, does its flowering thing, and then goes dormant by midsummer. The plants generally stay low (under 2') and slowly spread into a mat. Try combining isopyrum with claytonia, erythronium, or one of the woodland peonies for a nice woodland combination. Note that Isopyrum is frequently misspelled as Isopyron in the trade. When you are ready to buy isopyrum for your garden, check out our online list of isopyrum for sale.