candle anemone, long-headed anemone, thimbleweed
Etymology: Anemone: an ancient Greek name from anemos, "wind"
Plants: erect, perennial, 1'-3' tall forb; roots a short, woody thickened stem
Leaves: basal leaves stalked, deeply palmately-divided into 3-5 toothed segments, whorl of 3-10 similar, stalked leaves at the base of the flowreing stalk, no leaf-like bracts on the flower stalks
Flowers: white, 5- or 6-parted, 3/4" wide, petal-like sepals; 2-6 stalks 4"-12" long with a solitary flower; blooms June-Aug.
Fruits: dry seeds on a 3/4"- 1 3/4" densely woolly, narrowly cylindrical cluster
Habitat: dry to moderate moisture; woods, prairies, inland sands
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Native
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 6 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"