Belongs to: buttercup family

Wood anemone Anemone nemorosa

Also known as: windflower

Best time to see: mid Mar to mid May

Key facts

A characteristic plant of ancient woodland, carpeting large areas with its white flowers, veined with purple

Grows from underground root-like stems called rhizomes that spread below the surface to create large clumps

Flowers early, in March, and is visited by bees to collect pollen at a time when little else is available


Contains poisonous chemicals that can blister the skin, but is also used in herbal medicine

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