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Anemone oregana
Oregon anemone, Oregon windflower

Distribution: Occurring in forested areas on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington to northern California.

Habitat: Moist, open woods, low to mid-elevations in the mountains, also in marshes and bogs along the coast.

Flowers: March-June

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial from scaly, stout, horizontal rhizomes, the flowering stems 1-3 dm. tall.


Basal leaves single, trifoliate, the leaflets once or twice shallowly lobed and remotely serrate; the flowering stem naked except for a whorl of 3 leaves near the top, these trifoliate, petiolate, the leaflets up to 8 cm. long, the lateral pair deeply lobed, all remotely toothed.


Flowers single; sepals usually 5, ovate-oblong, 12-20 mm. long, usually blue to blue-violet, but occasionally white or pinkish; petals none; stamens 35-100; pistils numerous.


Achenes narrowly oblong, 4 mm. long, finely pubescent; style 0.5 mm. long, glabrous.

Accepted Name:
Anemone oregana A. Gray
Publication: Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts. 22: 308. 1887.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Anemone oregana checklist entry

OregonFlora: Anemone oregana information

E-Flora BC: Anemone oregana atlas page

CalPhotos: Anemone oregana photos

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