Rue Anemone - Anemonella thallictroides (Buttercup family - Ranunculaceae)

 

Rue Anemone - Anemonella thallictroides (Buttercup family - Ranunculaceae) Anemones are characterized by colored petal-like sepals and an absence of petals. Their generic name honors the Greek wind god, Anemose. In ancient times it was believed that a wind that had passed over a field of anemones was poisoned and could cause sickness, which may explain why the Persians adopted this flower as an emblem of illness.


 

Most species contain a caustic juice that was once used to burn out corns and to treat gout and rheumatism. The flower has 5 to10 petal-like sepals with numerous stamens and pistils. The leaves are roundish with three lobes in a whorl of three leaves. Open woods.

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