Canadian anemone has really beautiful pure white flowers. It blooms in early summer, here in Western New York usually around mid to late June. The leaves are a deep green and are deeply lobed adding texture and structure to your garden. The plant grows about 1 to 2 feet tall. This is a great plant to have around if you have insect problems, it draws beneficial insects to your garden. Beneficial insects such as minute plant bug, dance flies and chalcid wasps. These insects will help rid your garden of psyllids, thrips, mites, aphids, whiteflies, and small caterpillars.
Grass doesn't really grow well under trees with lots of roots near the surface of the ground. Some people decide that mulching the ground around these trees is the best way to go. Canadian anemone is a good choice to try under these conditions. You will need to water the first year. Once this plant has rooted in though it is an excellent ground cover. It spreads rapidly under ideal conditions so be careful where you plant it. Canadian anemone will grow rampantly in soils high in moisture and organic matter. This plant will over take smaller plants, it spreads by rhizomes and will form a dense colony in good soil conditions. Poorer soils will help to keep in in check. So if you have a spot under a tree give it a try it has worked for us more than once.
Anemone canadensis - Canadian anemone
-Excellent ground cover for sun or semi-shade, also found in meadows
-Attracts beneficial insects
-Beautiful pure white flowers
-Aggressive in rich organic soil
-Height: 1 to 2 feet
-Zone: 2 to 9