General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Plant Height: 5-12 inches
Leaves: Spring ephemeral
Fruiting Time: Late spring or early summer
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Flood Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: Needs 2 months cold moist treatment.
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Stolons and runners
Pollinators: Hoverflies
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant

Common names
  • False Rue Anemone
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Enemion biternatum
  • Synonym: Isopyrum biternatum

  • Posted by Cyclaminist (Minneapolis, Minnesota - Zone 5a) on May 23, 2016 8:44 PM concerning plant:
    A spring ephemeral with small white flowers and lovely compound leaves, native to the east-central United States and the southern tip of Ontario. Easy to confuse with Rue Anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides) and Wood anemone (Anemone quinquefolia) . Unlike them, it spreads gradually each year by underground rhizomes to form a closely spaced clump.

    Basal leaves emerge in the fall, last through the winter, then go dormant along with the flower stems in summer.

    Like many plants in the buttercup family, it only produces pollen. Medium to small bees visit it to gather the pollen for their nests (the flowers are too small to provide enough pollen for bumblebees and the stems too delicate to support them), and hoverflies eat the pollen.

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