Wood Anemone

Anemone nemorosa

Wood Anemone Anemone nemorosa

An early spring flower of delicate white with 6-12 petals. The flowers only open fully in good light, and will follow the direction of the sun’s travel across the skies. The leaves are long-stalked, and deeply lobed.

Wood Anemone Anemone nemorosa

It flowers March to June. The Wood Anemone forms spectacular drifts in deciduous woodland, meadows and hedgerows. Widespread and locally common.


May 2013, Wyre Forest, Worcestershire. © Pete Hillman 2013.

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26 thoughts on “Wood Anemone

    • Thank you, Vicki 🙂 I have never seen Wood Anemones growing in my local woods, but we have thick drifts of Blubells. They are not flowering yet, but will be before long. Seeing these drifts of white blooms when I visited the Wyre Forest was really quite something special and I wanted to try and capture that enchanted woodland scene.

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  1. Good morning, dear Pete

    Does it mean: “The anemone will follow the direction of the sun’s travel across the skies.” – that during one day it is always oriented towards the sunlight? This behaviour plants do normally over days and months and after a certain time you can see – how they grow, namely towards the light of the sun – but to see this happen during a day is really fantastic. I did not know it.

    Thanks, Pete, for sharing 🙂
    Have a nice day
    Didi

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  2. This is just remarkable. We have anemones, too, and they look much like yours, but they aren’t so tall, and I’ve never seen such large groups of them. I discovered the last time I was out that we actually have two species. I’m going to try and find them again tomorrow and see if I can get better photos of the buds: provided they’re still blooming, that is.

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    • Thank you for your lovely comment, Linda 🙂 The drifts of these pale blooms can be quite magical amongst the trees. I had never seen so many before or since I took these images. I hope you get to see and photo your anemones there! It would be interesting to see what they look like.

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