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This plant ia widely grown and used in the culinary arts in China and Japan. The leaf stalks are eaten as a vegetable and their flavor is delicate and sweet.Anemone virginiana is an upright growing herbaceous species of flowering plant buttercup family Ranunculaceae. It is a perennial that grows 30–80 centimetres (12–31 in) tall, flowering from May until July, the flowers are white or greenish-white. After flowering the fruits are produced in a dense rounded thimble shaped spikes 15–35 millimetres (0.59–1.38 in) long and 12 millimetres (0.47 in) wide. When the fruits, called achenes, are ripe they have gray-white colored, densely woolly styles, that allow them to blow away in the wind. The leaf structure is whorled halfway up the stem and each individual leaf appears to be deeply cut. Native from eastern North America, where it is found growing in dry or open woods.
From the upper axil of each leaf, there occasionally develops a long stalk with a single flower about ï¿½" across when it is fully open. This flower consists of 5 white or greenish white sepals (looking like petals), and numerous stamens with yellow or light brown anthers surrounding a compound head of pistils. This pistillate head is green and prickly in appearance. This compound head becomes larger and more elongated as the sepals fall off. It is about ï¿½–1" long and up to ï¿½" across, eventually turning into a fluffy mass with numerous dark seeds. These seeds are eventually distributed by the wind. The root system is rhizomatous, often producing vegetative offsets from the mother plant. Tall Anemone produces an allelopathic substance, protoanemonin, which inhibits seed germination and seedling growth in many species of plants.
Attractive in gardens and meadows, Anemone virginiana (Thimbleweed) is a charming deciduous perennial producing masses of single, star-shaped, white flowers, 1 in. wide (2.5 cm), adorned with a slightly elongated, thimble-like mound of greenish stamens. Borne on upright stems, the blossoms rise above the foliage of deeply cut, dark green leaves, clustered in whorls halfway up the stem. Blooming in late spring to midsummer, the flowers are followed by ornamental, fluffy seedheads which persist well into winter. Slowly enlarging over time, Anemone virginiana is not as aggressive as most other Anemone species. This exquisite North American wildflower can be found in rocky or dry open woods or wooded slopes throughout central and eastern United States and Canada. It is a perfect addition to the shaded or woodland garden. (Source: www.gardenia.net)