Our species of the month for June here at St. Williams is the Canada Anemone (Anemone canadensis); a beautiful white, five petal spring-blooming meadow anemone that would be a welcome addition to anyone’s gardening or landscaping project. You’ll typically find this Ontario native anemone blooming in late spring through summer.
The Canada Anemone is commonly found in large colonies, growing along rivers next to levees and on river flood plains. The anemone does well in medium to wet conditions in full sun or part shade. They’re borne on erect stems above the foliage and can spread up to 2.5’.
Canada Anemone will perform best in medium to wet conditions. This species is typically found in low, moist meadows and moist thickets, they usually find best results in direct sunlight, but some shade is fine as well.
Some great companion plants for Canada Anemone are:
- Wild Blue Flag (Iris versicolor)
- Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
- Spreading Dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)
- Great St. John’s Wort (Hypericum ascyron)
- Hop Sedge (Carex lupulina)
The Canada Anemone is also commonly referred to as the Round Leaf Thimbleweed. This herbaceous perennial belongs to the buttercup family.
The name ‘Anemone’ comes from the Greek and roughly means wind flower, which signifies that the wind that blows the petal open will also eventually blow the dead petals away.