Isopyrum biternatum

False Rue Anemone

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Item #: 6466

Zones: 4a to 8b

Dormancy: Summer

Height: 8" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 2.5" pot (7.9 fl. oz/233 ml)

(aka: Enemion biternata) From Minnesota south to Alabama, botanists out for early spring walks can find this gem in moist, rich, low woodlands, often growing in alkaline soils. In the garden, Isopyrum biternatum is an easy-to-grow, superb spring ephemeral wildflower. For us, false rue anemone emerges in January and is in flower by early February, despite temperatures that are still extremely cold. For months, the dainty-looking, pure white bells top the short, 8" tall clumps of airy green foliage. By June, Isopyrum biternatum is resting for the summer...just like some former workers I've known.

This is one of those rare native plants which should be common in gardens for it blooms for months and is always well behaved and thrives in average garden conditions:part shade, average moisture. False Rue Anemone tends to have 5 petals (actually petal-like sepals) whereas its close look-alike, Rue Anemone is very variable in the number of petals, varying from flower to flower on one plant and most often more than 5. It should be grown by all gardeners wanting flowers through the winter months, provided they garden in an area with mild winters, zone 7 and warmer.