Irish wildflowers

Wood Anemone, Anemone nemorosa
Photographs: Ballingeary, Co.Cork

Wood Anemone
Anemone nemorosa
Lus na gaoithe
Family: Ranunculaceae

Flowering time: February-April. Perennial. Native.

Delicate white flowers, yellow stamens. True petals absent, 6-7 white petal-like sepals, sometimes pinkish or purple tinged. Blue flowers in Cappoquin area.
Basal leaves are long-stalked, palmately-lobed. Whorl of 3 leaves on stem. Grows from slender far-creeping rhizomes. Hairless. Variable. Height: 3-12cm.

Rich, slightly moist soil in woods, streamsides, roadbanks. Also found on river banks, bracken covered slopes, dry rocky heather heathlands in east. Widespread, locally abundant but less frequent in central Ireland.
     


    
Pink flowered Wood Anemone. Ballingeary, Co.Cork. April 2008

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