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Anemone canadensis (Canadian anemone)
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Anemone canadensis

Canadian anemone

A strong growing plant that needs room to move. Clear white single flowers top out at 18" from mid spring to early summer. A robust and competitive native plant that brightens up woodland edges and shady corners of the garden. Combines well with other spring-blooming perennials such as Polemonium, Sisyrinchium and Mertensia.

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12-18 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

Canadian anemone Interesting Notes

The genus name Anemone is an ancient Greek and Latin corruption of the Semitic name for Adonis, from whose blood the red-flowered anemone is said to have sprung.

Meadow anemone was first described for science in 1768 by the Swedish father of modern plant nomenclature, Carl von Linne (Linnaeus).

Anemone canadensis Growing and Maintenance Tips

Prefers moist soil that is rich in organic matter. More moisture is required for growing in full sun conditions. Slightly drier soil is tolerated with more shade.

Good Companions

stonecrop Sedum ternatum 'Larinem Park'
Japanese beech fern Phegopteris decursive-pinnata
wild columbine, Canadian columbine Aquilegia canadensis
creeping phlox Phlox stolonifera 'Sherwood Purple'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Salt Tolerance
Salt Tolerance

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Propagation Type
Native to North America
Moist Sun