American pasqueflower, prairie-smoke
Etymology: Anemone: an ancient Greek name from anemos, "wind"
Plants: erect, perennial, 4"-16" tall forb, hairy throughout; roots a short, thick, woody stem
Leaves: palmately-divided into fine segments, kidney-shaped in outline, basal leaves long-stalked, a whorl of stalkless leaves beneath the flower
Flowers: blue to white, 5-7-parted, 1"-1 1/2" long, cup-shaped; solitary on long, hairy stalks; blooms March-May
Fruits: many dry seeds in a rounded cluster of long, fluffy hairs
Habitat: dry to moderate moisture; hillsides, prairies, cliffs, woods
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Native
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 7 Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine: Information and Photos Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"