Anemone, or wind flower, perennial, herbaceous
plant of genus Anemone, family Ranunculaceae. The genus contains 120 to
150 species, most found in temperate and subarctic regions.
The usually single, goblet-shaped flower lacks petals but has 5-20 petal-like sepals. Colours range from white through purple to red. Anemones have a dry, one- seeded fruit called an achene. Of the 20 North American species, 11 are native to Canada.
The white-blossomed Canada anemone (A. canadensis), the most widespread species in moist locations, is found throughout Canada, excluding Newfoundland.
A. patens, Manitoba's provincial floral emblem 1906, is commonly but incorrectly known as the prairie crocus. Its purple-tinged sepals are a beautiful sight on the Prairies early in spring.
According to Greek mythology, anemones were the tears Venus wept when Mars got jealous and sent a wild boar to kill her lover, Adonis.
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