tall thimbleweed

(Anemone virginiana)

Overview
tall thimbleweed
 
 

Tall thimbleweed is a common and widespread summer wildflower. It occurs in the United States from Maine to Georgia, west to North Dakota and Oklahoma, and in adjacent Canadian provinces. It is common in Minnesota. It is found in open upland woodlands, upland prairies, savannas, and thickets; on riverbanks, rocky stream banks rocky cliffs and ledges, and roadsides; and in open disturbed areas. It grows under full or partial sun in moderately moist to dry soil.

 
           
 
Description
 
 

Tall thimbleweed is a 12 to 27 (30 to 100 cm) tall erect perennial. It has a whorl of basal leaves and a single, usually unbranched, flowering stem. The stem has 2 or 3 whorls of leaf-like bracts that resemble the basal leaves but are smaller. A stalk with a single flower rises from the axil of some of the leaves. The flower is white and ¾ to 1 (20 to 25 mm) in diameter. The cluster of pistils in the center of the flower elongates in fruit becoming ½ to 1 (12 to 28 mm) long and resembling a thimble. This is the feature that gives the species its common name. The “thimble” is less than twice as long as wide and appears very prickly.

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

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2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 24, 28, 29, 30.

 
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Taxonomy
 
  Kingdom Plantae (green algae and land plants)  
  Subkingdom Viridiplantae (green plants)  
  Infrakingdom Streptophyta (land plants and green algae)  
  Superdivision Embryophyta (land plants)  
  Division Tracheophyta (vascular plants)  
  Subdivision Spermatophytina (seed plants)  
  Class Magnoliopsida (flowering plants)  
  Superorder Ranunculanae  
 

Order

Ranunculales (buttercups, poppies, and allies)  
 

Family

Ranunculaceae (buttercups)  
  Subfamily Ranunculoideae (anemones, buttercups, larkspurs and allies)  
  Tribe Anemoneae (anemones and allies)  
 

Genus

Anemone (anemone)  
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

tall thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana var. alba)

tall thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana var. cylindroidea)

tall thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana var. virginiana)

 
       
 

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Common Names

 
 

tall anemone

tall thimbleweed

Virginia anemone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Involucral bracts

 
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A single basal leaf at the bottom and involucral bracts on the stem above

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Other Videos
 
  Hand-harvesting thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)
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About

Oct 22, 2018

This video shows the hand-harvesting of thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana), just one of our hundreds of species of native forbs. As you can see by the shape of the seed heads, thinbleweed is aptly named. And, while it's relatively easy to harvest, it's very time-consuming, labor-intensive and cannot be accomplished by machine.

 
  Tall Thimbleweed: Poison & Medicinal
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Music: Hooky with Sloane by Bird Creek

Tall Thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)

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6/25/2017

Location: Lebanon Hills Regional Park

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