Enemion biternatum (False Rue Anemone)

Plant Info
Also known as:
Genus:Enemion
Family:Ranunculaceae (Buttercup)
Life cycle:perennial
Origin:native
Habitat:part shade, shade; deciduous woods
Bloom season:April - May
Plant height:4 to 16 inches

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Detailed Information

Flower: Flower shape: 5-petals

[photo of flowers] Flowers are ½ to ¾ inch across, 5 white petal-like sepals and numerous yellow stamens. There are 1 to a few flowers on stems that arise from the leaf axils in the upper part of the plant.

Leaves and stem: Leaf attachment: alternate Leaf type: compound

[photo of leaves] Leaves are compound in groups of 3. Leaflets are to 1 inch long and wide, toothless, hairless, and deeply lobed into 2 or 3 parts, with each lobe notched or further divided. The stem leaves are alternately attached, and there are also basal leaves with a similar shape. The main stem is slender, hairless, and reddish.

Notes:

False Rue Anemone is among the early spring bloomers and may be confused for Wood Anemone or Rue Anemone. The flowers of both those plants may have more than 5 petals; False Rue Anemone always has 5 petals. Both the other plants have whorled leaves and grow lower to the ground; False Rue Anemone grows erect.

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Photos taken at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park, Nerstrand MN April-May 2008

Comments

Have you seen this plant in Minnesota, or have any other comments about it?

Posted by: wildwood - Fairmont
on: 2011-05-05 04:45:19

I have masses of these growing in my woodland back yard in southern Minnesota!

Posted by: Sarah - South Central MN
on: 2012-02-10 09:04:27

I've just begun to see this popping up all over the woods behind my parents' house. I'm making a dedicated effort to ID as much of the stuff growing on our property as I can, and this one is definitely a favorite sight in early spring.

Posted by: Suzy - SE Fillmore County
on: 2012-03-29 10:34:54

I am covered up with these flowers. Our farm is in the big woods on the South Fork of the Root River.

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