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False Rue-anemone


Family:  Ranunculaceae, buttercup family
Genus species:  Enemion biternatum 

Each leaf has three leaflets. Leaflets are oval with lobed margins.

Flowers are showy, white, up to 1 inch in diameter. Each flower has 5 white petal-like sepals, a few green pistils, and a ring of stamens with yellow anthers. Flowers do not have true petals. Flowers move around easily in the wind. Blooms in mid-spring, late April and early May. Often occurs in dense colonies, spreads via underground tubers

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False Rue-anemone looks very similar to Rue Anemone, Thalictrum thalictroides.  False Rue-anemone flowers always have five white sepals whereas Rue Anemone flowers usually have more than five white sepals.  The genus name Enemion is from the Greek for anemos meaning “wind.”  The species name biternatum is from the Latin and refers to the leaves being twice (bi-) divided into three parts (-tern).