Enemion biternatum (False Rue Anemone)

Plant Info
Also known as:
Family:Ranunculaceae (Buttercup)
Life cycle:perennial
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.


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


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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