Tall Anemone in Winter

by Carl Strang

Recently, while walking through one of Mayslake Forest Preserve’s prairies, I noticed a plant.

The heads were coming apart with fuzz-borne seeds dispersing.

The heads were coming apart with fuzz-borne seeds dispersing.

The plant appeared to be an anemone, and the tall anemone it proved to be. I hadn’t been aware that any anemones dispersed in this way, and so needed to confirm the identification.

The divided, toothed, whorled leaves on tall stems pointed to the tall anemone.

The divided, toothed, whorled leaves on tall stems pointed to the tall anemone.

Here are the flower and leaves during the growing season.

It has the typical white flower of an anemone.

It has the typical white flower of an anemone.

The leaves have petioles, or stalks.

The leaves have petioles, or stalks.

It’s nice to know there are always more botanical surprises waiting to be found.

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