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Anemone canadensis

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Pure white, single flowers bloom above deep green foliage. A strong groundcover for moist, shady sites. Combines well with other spring-blooming perennials such as Polemonium, Sisyrinchium and Mertensia. Adds a fresh pop of color to shady areas of the garden. 



  • Excellent groundcover for moist, shady areas
  • Pure white flowers with golden centers in spring
  • Highly desired by native woodland pollinators
  • Early nectar source for native butterflies
  • Spreads by rhizomes for easy naturalization
  • Carefree once established in the landscape

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Fertilize yearly with an organic fertilizer.

12-24 in


18-24 in

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

Native Range

Ditches, damp meadows, sandy shores and woodland floors from Northwest territories of Canada south to New Mexico and east to Virginia and New England USDA Distribution Map

Native Trivia

Supports conservation biological control which means it attracts predatory or parasitoid insects that prey upon pest insects. Today it is endangered in CT, KY and other part of its native range.

"When we are at out hungriest in the early spring, this plant provides us the nectar we crave!"

Good Companions
Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica), Jacob's Ladder (Polemonium reptans), Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium)

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
  • Low Perennials
  • Medium Perennials
  • Filtered Shade
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Shade
  • Humus-rich
  • Well-drained
  • Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
  • Average
  • Moist
  • Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
  • Beneficial insects
  • Butterflies
Bloom Time
  • Early Spring
  • Late Spring / Early Summer
Critter Resistance
  • Deer Resistant
Habitat Collection
  • Butterfly
Native Habitat
  • Riparian, wetland
Foliage Color
  • Dark Green
  • Green
  • Border
  • Cut or dried flower
  • Erosion control
  • Ground cover
  • Mass plant
  • Naturalizes
Native to
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming