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Rue Anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides)
Rue Anemone is also known as Windflower. Sometimes placed in the genus Anemone.

Plant Type: This is a herbaceous plant, it is a perennial which can reach 23cm in height (9inches). The stems are often very dark in color.
Leaves: The leaves are whorled. What appears to be individual leaves are actually 3 stemmed leaflets from a seemingly un-stemmed leaf making the leaf arrangement opposite instead of whorled. Each rounded leaflet is notched but not deeply lobed usually with three small lobes.
Flowers: The flowers have numerous parts and are up to 2.5cm wide (1 inches). They are white sometimes pinkish. Blooms first appear in late winter and continue into early spring. (There may be as few as 5 sepals but double flowers occur often.)
Fruit: Single seeded with eight to ten ribs and indehiscent.
Habitat: Rich woods.
Range: Most of eastern U. S. except extreme north.

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A small, delicate plant that seldom gets much more than ankle high it is an early bloomer flowering in the first wave of woodland flowers in spring.

Lore: Native Americans may have used a root tea to treat diarrhea and vomiting and may have eaten the roots as well although it may potentially be toxic.(Foster & Duke)

Similar Species: False Rue Anemone (Isopyrum biternatum) usually has five parts to the flower and the leaflets of the three part leaves are truly lobed into three lobes, not just notched.

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Rue Anemone in a large group.  © Daniel Reed
Longhunter State Park in Tennessee.

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The Search below may provide more information about this species. Some of URLs may have been used as a source for this page not otherwise cited. Most of the information not cited comes from multiple sources that can be found in the Books page. The USDA plant links are provided by: USDA, NRCS 1999. The PLANTS database ( National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA. You can check species names at ITIS Advanced Search to see if they meet the current ITIS taxonomic criteria.

By: Newcomb, Lawrence and Illustrated by Morrison, Gordon. 1977, Little, Brown and Company, ISBN:0-316-60442-9

One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.

Wildflo wers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
By: Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart and Thomas E. Hemmerly and David Duhl. , ISBN:1551054280

This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.

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