Virginia anemone, or tall thimbleweed, is the perfect plant to add to your woodland garden to provide summer color. The white blossoms really lighten up shady areas. This anemone unlike other anemones doesn't produce runners it forms a clump. A group of Virginia anemone really stands out in July when a lot of woodland plants are not in flower. Virginia anemone also does well in meadow or prairie settings.
The seed heads are white and fluffy and last into the fall adding a fun feature to your garden. It is s always a good idea to add a little whimsy and a conversation starter to your gardens. Wind will eventually distribute the seeds for you.
Deer and other mammals tend to leave this plant alone it because the plant contains a chemical which causes blistering of the mouth and digestive tract. This makes it a great plant in areas with large amounts of deer. Many plants are poisonous and care should be taken to instruct children not to eat plants without and adult's permission.
Great Companions are ferns, false solomon's seal, may apple, yellow wood poppy, amsonia, asters and Ssdges. Virginia anemone is a truly versatile plant as far as soil is concerned. It is not fussy; it is commonly seen growing in open woods and moist meadows. The plant usually reaches at height of about 2 feet. The leaves are 2 or 33 lobed with deep divisions and dark green. Virginia anemone is easily propagated by seed. We plant the seed in the fall and leave it out all winter to satisfy the stratification requirements and it germinated the following spring.
Anemone virginiana - Virginia anemone
-White flowers produced in mid-summer
-Deer generally do not eat
-Bees visit for pollen
-Height: 1 to 2.5 feet
-Zone: 3 to 8