Usually a sign of Ancient Woodland – a woodland that has existed continuously since 1600 – these delicate flowers bloom continuously between March and May in deciduous woodlands.
It is an extremely slow growing plant, potentially taking a century to inhabit a few extra metres of a woodland floor. The Anemone takes advantage of the extra sunshine before the woodland canopy develops and prevents light reaching the plant so abundantly.
Six white petals
Height up to 25cm
Named after the Greek God Anemos – it’s other common name is Wind Flower
The plant’s smell prevents animals from eating it and it is poisonous to humans