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Anemone multifida
cliff anemone, Pacific anemone

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest and in the Olympic Mountains in Washington; Alaska to California, east to the northern Great Plains, Great Lakes region, and northeastern North America.

Habitat: From forest openings in the foothills to alpine meadows.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Hairy perennial from a branched woody base, the 1-several stems1.5-5 dm. tall.


Basal leaves numerous, the blades 3-10 cm. broad, divided into 3 or 5 sections and cleft 2-3 times, the ultimate segments 2+ mm. broad; the flowering stem naked except for a whorl of 3 leaves near the midpoint, these similar to but smaller than the basal leaves.


Flowers usually 2 or 3; sepals 5-9, oblong-elliptic, 7-15 mm. long, yellowish and tinged with red, blue or purple, especially on the outer surface; petals none; stamens and pistils numerous.


Achenes in a globose cluster, silky-woolly with hairs 3-8 mm. long; styles stout, 1-1.5 mm. long, reddish

Accepted Name:
Anemone multifida Poir.
Publication: Encycl. suppl. 1: 364. 1810.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Anemone multifida in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Anemone multifida checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Anemone multifida information.

E-Flora BC: Anemone multifida atlas page.

CalPhotos: Anemone multifida photos.

USDA Plants: Anemone multifida information.

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