If you're looking for a showy flower than this may not be the plant for you.
But, if you want a native that offers more than a season of interest, I think Anemone virginiana might be worth a second look. It was for me. It's a charming native that has year round interest, starting with that good leaf shape that many Buttercup family members bring to a garden. The lobed leaves are so appreciated during the "green time" in many of our native plant woodlands. It's an added bonus that they're evergreen in my Zone 6b/7a garden.
|the flowering stalk adds another foot or so to the plant|
This is a plant that needs to be placed in the right space or it can disappear. I made a mistake planting it next to Amsonia, they're both tall and the anemone was practically invisible. Now that it has filled out, it's much prettier. You could mass it for instant drama or be patient and let it fill in (it is after all, a member of the Ranunculaceae family). Full size the plant is about 3 foot tall in bloom with a 20 inch spread.
|Wasowski Photo Collection, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower center|
|If you sew you'll understand how Tall Thimbleweed got it's name.|
|January 25, 2016 cottony seedheads still have seed for winter interest|
This charming native Anemone can be found in dry rocky areas, on wooded slopes and in open woodlands across Canada and the eastern US (Zone 3 to 8). It blooms late spring to early summer and has small green-white flowers atop tall stems. It will tolerate full sun to light shade. While it is drought tolerant that does not mean xeric. To be happiest it needs well drained and moist soil. Although, it's not a super high wildlife value plant, it attracts small bees, hoverflies and it has been said that birds eat the seeds. Not a deer or mammal food.
Expect to be charmed by the flowers, but, astonished by the thimble-shaped seed heads that remain intact from fall through late winter and sometimes into the spring. Now that's talking about year round interest.
Are you charmed by Tall Thimbleweed or unimpressed?
Welcome to Clay and Limestone and Wildflower Wednesday. This day is about sharing wildflowers and other native plants no matter where one gardens~the UK, tropical Florida, Europe, Australia, Africa, South America, India or the coldest reaches of Canada. It doesn't matter if we sometimes share the same plants, how they grow and thrive in your garden is what matters most.
Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone. She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.