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Snowdrop anemone is a spring-blooming, spreading perennial with slightly nodding, white flowers that rise above dark green maple-like foliage. It’s an excellent addition in a woodland garden.

  • Family (English) Buttercup
  • Family (botanic) Ranunculaceae
  • Tree or plant type Perennial
  • Native locale Non-native
  • Size range Medium plant (12-24 inches), Small plant (6-12 inches)
  • Light exposure Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), Partial sun / shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
  • Hardiness zones Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5 (Chicago), Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
  • Soil preference Alkaline soil, Moist, well-drained soil
  • Tolerances Alkaline soil, Clay soil, Occasional drought
  • Season of interest early fall, early spring, late spring, mid fall, mid spring
  • Flower color and fragrance Fragrant, White
  • Shape or form Creeping, Mounded
  • Growth rate Moderate

Size and form:

Snowdrop anemone is a spreading perennial reaching 12 to 18 inches high. A good plant for naturalizing in woodlands. It can spread aggressively.

Native geographic location and habitat:

Found in meadows and dry woodlands in Europe to Russia, China and Caucasus.

Attracts birds, pollinators, or wildlife:

Butterflies and other pollinators are attracted to it.

Leaf description:

It has dark green, maple-like leaves with strong lobes that are often ferny-like.

Flower arrangement, shape, and size:

This perennial produces cup-shaped, slightly fragrant, nodding, five-petaled, bright white flowers with yellow stamens. Flowers borne on wiry stems above the foliage in late spring to early summer and sporadic bloom in fall.

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions:

It will produce fluffy seed heads.

Plant care:

This perennial grows best in part shade in loose, well-drained alkaline soil. Although it is tolerant of clay soil, which slows down the spread that occurs by rhizomes and can be aggressive. Divide snowdrop anemone in spring or fall.

List of pests, diseases and tolerances:

There aren’t any serious insect or disease problems, although too wet of soil can cause root rot. It is resistant to rabbits and deer.


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