Wood Anemone (Anemone nemorosa)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Wood Anemone
Anemone nemorosa
Ranunculaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The leaves are antirheumatic, rubefacient and tonic[7, 19, 46]. The plant is sometimes used externally as a counter-irritant in the treatment of rheumatism[7]. The herb is gathered in spring before the plant comes into flower[7].

    Various parts of this herb used to be recommended for a variety of complaints such as headaches and gout, though the plant is virtually not used nowadays[4].

    A homeopathic remedy has been made from the leaves[7].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    This species is 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.
Prefers a moist soil[1, 90, 200] but tolerates dry conditions during its summer dormancy[200]. Plants tolerate dry conditions and drought so long as there is plenty of humus in the soil[190]. Prefers a well-drained humus-rich soil[200]. Dislikes very acid soils[13]. Prefers a shady position, growing well on woodland edges[24, 90], but plants can also be naturalized in thin turf[200]. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233]. A greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes[54]. The plant has a running rootstock and can spread rapidly when well-sited[4]. A very ornamental plant[1], there are several named varieties[190].
Throughout the northern temperate zone of C. Europe, including Britain, and W. Asia.

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