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Thimbleweed

Anemone virginiana

Description:

Tall thimbleweed, Thimbleweed, Tall anemone This perennial’s erect, multiple stems, rising 2-3 ft., are topped by a greenish-white flower with a slightly elongated center resembling a short thimble. After frost, the thimble matures to a cottony tuft. Leaves are deeply cut and clustered in a whorl halfway up the stem. The distinctive, thimble-shaped group of pistils accounts for the common name. Long-headed Thimbleweed (A. cylindrica) has narrower leaf segments and fruit in a long, cylindrical cone 1 1/2 (4 cm) long; it is found from Alberta east to Quebec and south to New Jersey and Kansas.

Habitat:

Found in a cemetary.

4 Comments

DianePlatcoBrooks
DianePlatcoBrooks 8 years ago

Sarah if you go back to the cemetary, you may find the cottony seedhead which you could take home and maybe try to cultivate in your yard. It likes shade.

SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt 8 years ago

Thanks, monkey-mind...I am just now seeing your comment (sorry) & thanks for the info, Diane! There were only a few when I found them.
I am thrilled that they've been identified!
:)

DianePlatcoBrooks
DianePlatcoBrooks 8 years ago

monkey-mind and nana-puppet you are right, it is a native anemone, also called Tall Anemone. It gets is common name Thimbleweed from the cylindric fruiting heads. Varieties of this plant have been used by Native Americans to treat diarrhea and whooping cough, and as a stimulant, a love potion, and remedy for tuberculosis, and for protection against witchcraft.
I love it, it comes up wild in my yard.

looks like some kind of anemone...

SarahWhitt
Spotted by
SarahWhitt

Ohio, USA

Spotted on Jul 5, 2011
Submitted on Jul 5, 2011

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