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Anemone virginia (Tall Thimbleweed)

Anemone virginiana, Tall Thimbleweed, is very common in Gallup Park. It hangs around from early summer until late fall and even as the season winds downs, it adds some reddish fall color in the leaves that never fails to catch my attention as I am walking.

The flowers are made up of 5 white to whitish green sepals, with a “thimble like” center that provides inspiration for the common name. The genus name, Anemone, comes from the Greek word for wind.

Photo by Stewart Nelson ©️ 2018 Some rights reserved

Both Anemone virginiana and it’s smaller cousins Anemone nemerosa, Wood Anemones and. Anemone canadensis, are poisonous to all animals, including humans. I suspect the poisonous nature of Thimbleweed is what makes it resistant to deer and rabbits and an added bonus is that I see it growing in full shade and it seemed to do well. Also, once it has become dormant after flowering, it is drought resistant also. I would say this would make an ideal member of a modern garden. Photo by Stewart Nelson ©️ 2018 Some rights reserved

Photo by Stewart Nelson ©️ 2018 Some rights reserved

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