Candle Anemone (Anemone cylindrica)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Candle Anemone
Anemone cylindrica
Ranunculaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The root of this plant was one of the most highly esteemed medicines of the Omaha and Ponca Indians[213]. A wash of the pounded boiled root was applied externally to wounds[213]. The root contains anemonin, which is said to be a potent antiseptic[213].

    A poultice made from the leaves is used to treat burns[207, 257].

    A tea of the roots was used in the treatment of headaches and dizziness[213, 257].

    A decoction of the stem and fruit is used as a wash for sore eyes[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]. Plants succeed in maritime gardens[233]. Hardy to at least -20¡c[187]. 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].
Western N. America – British Columbia to New Mexico, east to South Dakota and New Jersey..

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