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Anemone multifida

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About Pacific Anemone (Anemone multifida) Pacific Anemone is a species of flowering plant in the buttercup family known by the common names Pacific anemone, globe anemone, and Cutleaved anemone. It is native to northern North America from Alaska to New York and as far south as Arizona and New Mexico. It is also known from parts of South America. This is a perennial herb which is quite variable in appearance, especially across Varieties: It grows to heights from 10 to 70 centimeters and the leaves are covered in a coat of long silky or coarse white hairs. Each leaf is divided into many long, pointed lobes, and the lobes are sometimes subdivided. Including the petiole a single leaf may be 5 to 20 centimeters long. The flower cluster holds one or more flowers. The flowers have no petals but five to eight petal-like sepals which may be nearly any color. They are somewhat hairy, especially on the outer surface. The center of the flower contains up to 80 stamens. The fruit is a hairy, beaked achene a few millimeters long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
0.33 - 2.3 ft (0.1 - 0.7 m)


Growth Rate

Flower Color
Yellow, White

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Open, gravelly or rocky slopes

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
4709' - 7752'

Annual Precip. ?
51.4" - 108.7"

Summer Precip. ?
1.52" - 3.96"

Coldest Month ?
32.5° F - 37.9° F

Hottest Month ?
51.1° F - 57.4° F

Humidity ?
2.26 vpd - 12.07 vpd

Soil Description
Prefers sandy or loamy soils. Does not grow well in clay soils.


Landscaping Information
Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: 2 mos. stratification; No treatment may give satisfactory germination.

Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Globe Anemone, Cutleaved Anemone

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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