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Yellow Anemone

Anemone ranunculoides

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup)
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
30 centimetres tall
Hedgerows, woodland.

Yellow, 6 petals
Saucer-shaped, rich yellow flowers, each being 2 to 2.5cm in size. Similar in appearance to Wood Anemone (Anemone nemorosa) but with yellow flowers, not white.
The fruit is a winged nut.
A perennial flower with finely divided leaves, segmented into 3 leaflets. The margins of the leaflets are toothed.
Other Names:
Buttercup Anemone, Wood Ginger, Yellow Wood Anemone.
Frequency (UK):

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Anemone ranunculoides, also known as buttercup anemone or creeping anemone, is a perennial plant that is native to Europe and Asia. It belongs to the buttercup family and is known for its small, white or yellow flowers and divided, hairy leaves. Anemone ranunculoides is a low-growing plant that spreads quickly and is often used as a groundcover in gardens. It is easy to grow and is tolerant of a wide range of soil types and climates. Anemone ranunculoides prefers partial shade to full sun and is drought-tolerant once established. The plant is generally hardy and low maintenance, but it can be prone to pests such as slugs and snails. Anemone ranunculoides is also known for its medicinal properties and has been used traditionally to treat a variety of ailments. However, more research is needed to fully understand its effects and to determine the safety and effectiveness of using it medicinally.


Yellow Anemone, also known as Anemone ranunculoides, is a beautiful wildflower that is native to Europe and Asia. It is a member of the Ranunculaceae family and is closely related to other popular flowers such as buttercups and clematis.

The Yellow Anemone is a perennial plant, which means it can live for more than two years and will come back year after year. It typically grows to be around 12 inches tall, but can reach up to 18 inches in ideal conditions. The plant has a sturdy stem and a clump of basal leaves that are deeply lobed and have a glossy green color.

The most striking feature of the Yellow Anemone is its bright yellow, cup-shaped flowers. These flowers typically bloom in the spring and early summer, and can be found in large clusters at the top of the stem. Each flower has several petals that are arranged in a circular pattern, giving the flower a frilly, ruffled appearance.

Yellow Anemones are very easy to grow and require very little maintenance. They prefer well-drained soil and partial shade, but can tolerate full sun as long as the soil is moist. They can also be grown in containers and make excellent cut flowers.

Yellow Anemones are great for naturalizing in a wildflower garden, along a woodland edge, or in a meadow. They look beautiful when planted with other spring-blooming wildflowers such as bluebells, wood anemones, and primroses. They can also be used in a traditional flower bed as a colorful ground cover.

In addition to being a popular garden plant, Yellow Anemone also has a long history of medicinal uses. The roots and leaves of the plant have been used for centuries in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments.

One of the most well-known uses of Yellow Anemone is as a treatment for joint pain and inflammation. The plant contains compounds that have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, making it an effective natural remedy for conditions such as arthritis and gout.

Yellow Anemone has also been used to treat skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. The plant's anti-inflammatory compounds can help to soothe irritated skin and reduce redness and itching.

In addition, Yellow Anemone has been used as a natural remedy for menstrual cramps and other menstrual-related symptoms. The plant's compounds can help to reduce inflammation and pain, making it an effective treatment for women who suffer from menstrual cramps and other menstrual-related symptoms.

It's also important to note that as with any plant, overuse or misuse of Yellow Anemone can lead to negative side effects. It's always best to talk to a doctor or other qualified healthcare professional before using any herbal remedies, including Yellow Anemone.

Yellow Anemone is also a good food source for pollinators like bees, butterflies and bumblebees. The flowers are also a favorite of many species of hoverflies which are important pollinators and natural pest control.

Another interesting aspect of Yellow Anemone is its symbolism and cultural significance. In many cultures, the Anemone is associated with the goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite. According to Greek mythology, Aphrodite was said to have created the Anemone flower when she shed tears over the death of her lover, Adonis.

In the language of flowers, the Anemone symbolizes forsaken love and anticipation. It is also said to represent the fleeting nature of life and the inevitability of death.

The Yellow Anemone in particular is often associated with the sun and the promise of new beginnings. Its bright yellow color is said to represent happiness and positivity.

In art and literature, the Anemone flower has been a popular subject for centuries. The flower's delicate beauty and symbolic meanings have inspired countless works of art, from paintings and drawings to poetry and literature.

Yellow Anemone can be a great way to add a touch of beauty and meaning to your garden. Whether you plant it for its medicinal benefits, its ability to attract pollinators, or simply for its beauty, this wildflower is sure to be a valuable addition to your garden.

In conclusion, Yellow Anemone is a beautiful wildflower that is easy to grow, has medicinal benefits, and can also be used to attract pollinators. It also has a rich cultural and symbolic significance that can add depth and meaning to your garden. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or a novice, this wildflower is sure to delight and inspire you.

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