WOOD ANEMONE, CANADIAN Anemone canadensis

WOOD ANEMONE, CANADIAN Anemone canadensis

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Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone, round-headed anemone, meadow anemone, crowfoot) is a herbaceous perennial native to meadows, thickets, streambanks, and lakeshores in North America, spreading by underground rhizomes, and valued for its pretty white flowers. Flowers have 5 white, petal-like sepals and 80-100 yellow stamens bloom from late spring to summer on stems above a cluster of leaves.

Wood Anemone grow well in difficult locations, especially d locations. They are tolerant of both moist and dry soils, and also grow well under evergreen (coniferous) trees despite the dry, acidic conditions.

Type: Hardy perennial

Hardiness zones: 2-9

Height: 18"

Location: Sun or part sun

Bloom time: Spring and early summer

Note: This plant species is known to have toxicity

Seeds per pack: 10

Germination: As with many perennial seeds, these seeds benefit from a period of moist cold to help them begin to grow. This is done by giving them a cold 'winter' period (artificial or natural), and then a warming to simulate 'spring', and time to grow! Here's how this can be done:

Obtain a planting container that has holes in the bottom for excess water to drain. Place the seeds just under the surface of your growing medium, and water. Place your container in a cold area (but not freezing, perhaps a refrigerator) for 4-6 weeks. Once the cold period is completed, place the container at room temperature for them to germinate. Be sure to keep the soil moist during this entire germination period. Seedlings will sprout a few weeks, or occasionally several months, after the warming period. We have grown these seeds ourselves using this refrigeration method, with high germination results.

Another option if you are planting your seeds in late winter or spring, these seeds can be planted outdoors while it is still cool out (once the ground is workable and unfrozen), to receive the cold period naturally in the garden.

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