Information on Wood Anemone

Common Name: Wood Anemone
Scientific Name: Anemone nemorosa
Irish Name: Lus na gaoithe
Family Group: Ranunculaceae
Distribution: View Map (Courtesy of the BSBI)
Flowering Period


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Wood Anemone is not easily confused with other wild plants on this web site.


Forming a carpet of green with delicate, white flowers, this perennial wildflower is an early flowering plant which blossoms from March to May.  The flowers (2-4cm) have 6-12 hairless sepals which resemble petals, usually white but with a hint of pink beneath.  At their centre are very many yellow stamens.  They are borne solitarily on long, thin stalks and the leaves are deeply lobed, basal except for a whorl of 3 on the flower stems.  This is a plant of deciduous woodlands, flowering before the leaves of the trees above have emerged. It also grows in heather and bracken-covered areas. It is a native plant belonging to the Ranunculaceae family.   

My first record of this wildflower is from Laragh, Co Wicklow  in 1978 and I photographed it in 2008 at Trooperstown, Co Wicklow.  

If you are satisfied you have correctly identified this plant, please submit your sighting to the National Biodiversity Data Centre

Anemone, Wood
Anemone, Wood

Also known as Windflower, Lus na gaoithe (plant of the wind) is so-called for its flexible flower stem which allows the flower-head to bend with the wind.