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Anemone parviflora
northern anemone, small-flowered anemone, northern windflower

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in the North Cascades in Washington; Alaska to northern Washington, east to Montana and Wyoming, in scattered locations in Utah and Colorado, and also east across northern Canada to the Atlantic Coast.

Habitat: Mountain meadows and subalpine stream banks.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Sub-glabrous to densely hairy perennial from slender, horizontal rhizomes, the flowering stems 5-20 cm. tall.


Basal leaves several, the blades cordate-reniform, 1.5-3 cm. broad, ternate, the leaflets wedge-shaped, coarsely toothed, the lateral pair deeply lobed as well; the flowering stem naked except for a whorl of 3 leaves above the midpoint, these simple but deeply tri-lobed.


Flowers single: sepals usually 5, white or bluish tinged, hairy on the outer surface, 10-15 mm. long; petals none; stamens and pistils numerous.


Achenes densely woolly, obovate, 2-2.5 mm. long; style straight, 1.5-2 mm. long, glabrous.

Accepted Name:
Anemone parviflora Michx.
Publication: Fl. Bor.-Amer. 1: 319. 1803.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Anemone borealis Richardson
Anemone parviflora Michx. var. parviflora [KZ99]
Anemone parvilfora Michx. var. grandiflora Ulbr.
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Anemone parviflora checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Anemone parviflora information.

E-Flora BC: Anemone parviflora atlas page.

CalPhotos: Anemone parviflora photos.

USDA Plants: Anemone parviflora information.

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