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Canadian Anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Canadian Anemone
Anemone canadensis

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The roots and leaves are astringent and styptic[222].

    The root and leaves of this plant was one of the most highly esteemed medicines of the Omaha and Ponca Indians[207]. A decoction of the root was used as an anthelmintic and to treat pain in the lumbar region[257]. An infusion of the root was used as an eye wash to treat crossed eyes, twitches and eye poisoning[257]. A wash of the pounded boiled root or of the leaves was applied externally to wounds, nosebleeds, sores etc[213, 222, 257]. The root contains anemonin, which is said to be a potent antiseptic[213].

    A tea of the roots was used in the treatment of headaches and dizziness[213].

    The root was eaten to clear the throat so that a person could sing well[257].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    Although no specific mention has been seen for this species, a number of members of this genus are slightly poisonous, the toxic principle is destroyed by heat or by drying[4, 10, 19, 65].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe in the summer[1]. Surface sow or only just cover the seed and keep the soil moist. Sow stored seed as soon as possible in late winter or early spring. The seed usually germinates in 1 – 6 months at 15¡c[133]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in light shade in the greenhouse for at least their first year. When the plants are large enough, plant them out in the spring. Division in late summer after the plant dies down.
Succeeds in ordinary garden soil but prefers a well-drained woodland soil and some shade[200]. An easily grown plant, preferring a sunny position[233]. Plants succeed in maritime gardens[233]. Hardy to at least -20¡c[187]. This species is closely related to A. virginiana[200]. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233]. A greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes[54]. A good woodland plant[1, 187].
Eastern and Central N. America from Labrador to Massachusetts, Illinois and Colorado.

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