VIU Milner Gardens and Woodland

Plant Pick: Rue Anemone

Latin name: Anemonella thalictroides

by Vancouver Island Master Gardeners Association

This is an excellent early spring wildflower for woodland, native plant or wild gardens. Anemonella thalictroides can be grown in shaded areas and is a native of Missouri. It grows up to 6 inches tall and features white or pinkish flowers with 5 to 10 petal-like sepals and numerous leaves, but each flower has it own stem. The basal leaves have 10-30cm long petioles. Leaflets are widely rounded in shape and are three lobed. The flowers have short stems that hold the fully opened flowers above the foliage. Showy rounded flowers have many yellow stamens in the middle and a cup of white or pinkish sepals.

Photos courtesy of: Milner Garden Staff




Clump forming perennial


whorls of three-lobed leaves.


less than 6 inches (15cm) height and width

Hardiness Zone:

zone 4 to 8


part shade

Flower colour:

white or pink

Leaf colour:

light to dark green to reddish purple

Flower time:

early to late spring

Preferred soil

and Watering:

well drained , slightly alkaline soil


Sow seeds when ripe or divide the plants in spring.
There are no serious insect or disease problems but slugs like them.