Rue Anemone

Rue Anemone is an early perennial pant which appears in March and has a long blooming period.

It is a wild flower which can be found in woodlands and rocky places.

It belongs to the buttercup family, and its name originates from the similarity of this plant to Windflower (a small anemone).

It is a perfect plant for shade gardening. Growing naturally in woods, this plant likes partial shading, but it will do reasonably well even in full shade, provided it’s planted into rich, acidic and well-drained soil.

Normally it reaches about twelve inches in height. The flowers are white in colour, sometimes touched with pale pink. Usually they have five petal shaped sepals and around fifteen yellow stamens.

It’s not only the flowers; it is also the foliage of this plant that can be an attraction for gardeners, as it looks exceedingly beautiful.

How to Plant Rue Anemone

Rue Anemone can be propagated by root cuttings, division, or seed.

If you choose the option of seeds, make sure to provide them cool and moist conditions for about three months in order to germinate properly.

Grown from seeds, these plants will take two or three years to start blooming, but Rue Anemone is really worth waiting for as it always adds a special elegance and modest beauty to a garden.

Its flowers are not really showy, but at the same time their cute simplicity will not leave you and your visitors indifferent.

The plants can be propagated by division as well, but you can do this only once every four years, otherwise there is a danger of damaging the plant.

It is best to sow the seeds of Rue Anemone in the beginning of the fall, in planting holes about six inches deep.

The spacing between the plants should be approximately twenty inches.

As mentioned before, this plant prefers to grow in partial shade, so make sure you find the right place for it in your garden. Full shade is acceptable as well; bright afternoon sun should be avoided.

Remember to keep the soil rich and moist.

It is best to add some organic gardening leaf matter as it would replicate the natural condition of soil in woodland, a place it is native to. Another important factor – the soil should be rather acidic, with pH level ranging from five to seven.

How to Care for Rue Anemone

It is rather easy to take care of these plants, and this will definitely be appreciated by gardeners who can’t afford to spend as much time in their gardens as they would like. This plant has to be watered regularly, especially during the flowering season.

Make sure the plants are protected from wind, and put some mulch around them in autumn.


They say Native Americans may have used a tea of its roots for medicinal purposes, like treating diarrhoea and nausea.

However, it is important to know that the roots of this plant can be potentially poisonous. For this reason it is important to give proper instructions to children and keep pets away from them. Do not consume any part of this plant under any circumstances.

Types of Rue Anemone

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Rue Anemone is a wild flower native plant found in the woods and in rocky locations. Also known by the name Crowfoot and Wind Flower, this flower for shade gardening is part of the buttercup family.

It is an early bloomer, around March and April. It grows to a height of 12 to 18 inches tall. It needs constant moisture and an acidic soil.

Propagation is best by division. There are several suppliers of this shade flower. The flower is almost always white and to a lesser degree pink. There are domesticated varieties available. Dividing Perennials

These flowers are not show stoppers but they are a unique addition for your garden that your neighbours are not likely to have. They can work especially well in a rock shade garden.

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