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For Your Garden - April 2012

Spring is here! Have you considered adding a few native plants to your garden? Native plants provide beauty as well as food and shelter for wildlife. Native species are adapted to the Illinois climate. They require little or no watering and are resistant to drought, insects and most diseases. Because they are perennials, you can welcome their presence year after year.

meadow anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Meadow anemone grows in woodlands and moist prairies in the northern two-thirds of Illinois and in scattered locations in southern Illinois. Its flowers are produced from May through July. Flowers are produced singly on a long stalk. The five white "petals" are actually sepals. The three-part leaves are not stalked. There are two leaves, and they surround the stem at their base. This plant, a member of the buttercup family, may grow to a height of one to two feet.

Classification and taxonomy are based on Mohlenbrock, Robert H. 2014. Vascular flora of Illinois: A field guide. Fourth edition. Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale. 536 pp.

Illinois Range

Native Plant Information

For more information about Illinois native plants, visit our Native Habitat Descriptions, Requirements, and Plant Lists page. The following publications are available from the IDNR on our publications page.


Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Ranunculaceae

Illinois Status: common, native