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Anemone canadensis

Anemone canadensis

Second-last in the series on the Ranunculaceae, but again with a brief entry:

Anemone canadensis, or the Canada anemone, is widespread across much of North America (though I would say it is more prevalent in eastern North America). According to the Flora of North America, Anemone canadensis can be found in "damp thickets, meadows, wet prairies, lake shores, streamsides, clearings, occasionally swampy areas". I think I've encountered it in almost all of those habitats -- in this case, riverside in early June.

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Dangerously invasive.

Even the wood anemone (Anemone nemorosa L) in Sweden could be termed as invasive as it slowly colonises the damper woodlands but the sight in spring when it looks like late snow under birch and oaktrees just breaking out in leaves is heavenly

I'm not certain that a plant can be considered invasive unless it is a non-native plant. This plant doesn't exhibit the traits of most invasives. Weedy, maybe. However, I live in NH and consider myself lucky when I do see it. Maybe it doesn't like our granitic soils.

Despite its pan-Canada distribution, this flower is considered rare in Newfoundland. That is not unusual given Newfoundland is an island with improverished flora- over 80% fewer species than the adjacent mainland.

It is very invasive in any application outside of being in a natural setting. I am active in promoting the use of native materials for home landscaping to encourage an appreciation of native plants. However, a plant that takes over any planting is invasive whether native or non-native. So if one wants to bring natives (nursery propagated) into a landscape, avoid Canada anemone.

I think aggressive would be a better term. Invasive connotes something that should be removed, while aggressive just urges caution and appropriate placement in a garden setting.

Would the fact that its nursery propagated have something to do with its "aggressive invasion"? Seems to me when ever we try to propagate "nature" we end up with problems. I believe it is better to leave nature alone and not try to mimic it for the aesthetics. With all the aggressive plants we as people have propagated, haven`t we learned any lessons?

Beautiful. I really agree with Iris. When will we ever learn?

So replacing habitat with sod and introduced species is better? I think using native plants specifically suited for a particular habitat, if used thoughtfully, is a far more sustainable route to go. As you say, education and learing from past mistakes is the key.

Lovely picture though!

Iris - good points but you left halfway through the argument! *smile* What would you suggest be done? I'm strongly in the 'rip out the lawn and try to recreate the local biome as much as you can' camp, particularly when you're not bound by an HOA. And that technique *can* be done in an aesthetically pleasing and ecologically sound manner.

I always thought invasive meant a plant would crowd out all others in the absence of the checks and balances present a natural ecosystem. So a plant that is native to your region can become invasive when placed in the non-native environment of an urban or suburban garden.

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Good discussion today on an important contemporary subject - the meaning of invasive. Nice to have it as Canada Anemone is in bloom in my very scruffy garden today. It pops up most anywhere within a former garden area and that's okay by me.

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