Anemone virginiana (var. virginiana)(Tall Thimbleweed)

Anemone virginiana var. virginiana (Tall Thimbleweed) on 6-16-21, #801-2.

Tall Thimbleweed, Tall Anemone, Thimbleweed

Anemone virginiana

(Anemone virginiana var. virginiana)

uh-NEM-oh-nee  vir-jin-ee-AN-uh

Anemone virginiana L. is the correct and accepted scientific name for the Tall Anemone. Both the genus and species were named and described as such by Carl von Linnaeus in the first volume of the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753.

Accepted Infraspecific Names: Anemone virginiana var virginiana (autonym), Anemone virginiana var. alba (Oakes) Alph.Wood, Anemone virginiana var. cylindroidea Boivin. When infraspecific taxon are named, a “type-specimen” is automatically generated (autonym) whose description is closest to the (original) species. I am not sure how the species and type-specimen can have different synonyms… 

Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 63 species in the Anemone genus (as of 6-21-21 when this page was written). It is a member of the plant family Ranunculaceae with 50 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made by POWO.

Distribution map of Anemone virginiana var. virginiana from Plants of the World Online. Facilitated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; http://www.plantsoftheworldonline.org/. Retrieved on June 21, 2021.

The above distribution map for Anemone virginiana is from Plants of the World Online. Actually, the map is for Anemone virginiana var. virginiana… The map on the USDA Plants Database for Anemone virginiana var. virginiana is the same. Missouri Plants says specimens found in Missouri are, in fact, Anemone virginiana var. virginiana. The USDA and Flora of North America maps for the species Anemone virginiana shows a much broader range because it includes the species (autonym) and varieties.

The map on iNaturalist shows where members have made observations. Anyone can join and it is a great website to confirm and share your observations. Note: When you decide what species you have identified, you may have to do further research for your state to see if you have a variety or subspecies… It is a good idea to edit your observation on iNaturalist to reflect the infraspecific taxon. If you are unsure, check the USDA Plants Database. Some species, subspecies, and varieties overlap territories, but many are found in specific areas. Click HERE to view observations for Anemone virginiana compared to HERE for Anemone virginiana var. virginiana. Obviously, most members have not submitted their findings using the variety names. While it is true, the subspecies and varieties are the same species, it is always good to recognize them when possible.

THERE ARE SEVERAL LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE FOR FURTHER READING AND TO HELP WITH A BETTER POSITIVE ID.

Anemone virginiana var. virginiana (Tall Thimbleweed) on 6-16-21, #801-3.

I spotted this Anemone virginiana (Tall Thimbleweed) along the trail that runs along the south side of my farm on June 16 in 2021. Upon reading about the species on the Missouri Plants website, I found out specimens found in Missouri are Anemone virginiana var. virginiana. There are two other varieties found in North America that are slightly different that are found mainly in the northeast and Canada. While the same species, differences have earned them their own variety name. Missouri Plants says Anemone virginiana in Missouri flower from May-August, but the specimen I found had pretty much run its course and was almost in the fruiting stage.

I apologize for not writing descriptions at the moment, but I have A LOT of wildflower pages to make and publish before I start getting too busy. I update this site and add new pages over the winter but I didn’t get finished. SO, I decided to just make the page with photos and links to other sites for better plant ID. I will be taking more photos over the summer and posting but I will also be working on these pages as I have time.

Anemone virginiana var. virginiana (Tall Thimbleweed) on 6-16-21, #801-4.

 

Anemone virginiana var. virginiana (Tall Thimbleweed) on 6-16-21, #801-5.

 

Anemone virginiana var. virginiana (Tall Thimbleweed) on 6-16-21, #801-6.

 

Anemone virginiana var. virginiana (Tall Thimbleweed) on 6-16-21, #801-7.

 

Anemone virginiana var. virginiana (Tall Thimbleweed) on 6-16-21, #801-8.

I have enjoyed photographing and learning about the many wildflowers growing on the farm and other areas. My farm is in Windsor, Missouri in Pettis County (Henry County is across the street and Benton and Johnson aren’t far away). I have grown over 500 different plants and identified over 100 species of wildflowers (most have pages listed on the right side of the page). I am not an expert, botanist, or horticulturalist. I just like growing, photographing, and writing about my experience. I rely on several websites for ID and a few horticulturalists I contact if I cannot figure them out. Wildflowers can be somewhat variable from location to location, so sometimes it gets a bit confusing. If you see I have made an error, please let me know so I can correct what I have written.

I hope you found this page useful and be sure to check the links below for more information. They were written by experts and provide much more information. Some sites may not be up-to-date but they are always a work in progress. If you can, I would appreciate it if you would click on the “Like” below and leave a comment. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. You can also send an email to me at thebelmontrooster@yahoo.com. I would enjoy hearing from you especially if you notice something is a bit whacky.

FOR FURTHER READING:
PLANTS OF THE WORLD ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
INTERNATIONAL PLANT NAMES INDEX (GENUS/SPECIES)
TROPICOS (GENUS/A. virginiana/var. virginiana)
FLORA OF NORTH AMERICA
(GENUS/A. virginiana/var. virginiana)

WIKIPEDIA (GENUS/SPECIES)
USDA PLANTS DATABASE
(A. virginiana/var. virginiana)

DAVE’S GARDEN
MISSOURI PLANTS
MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN
MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION
iNATURALIST
(A. virginiana/var. virginiana)

WILDFLOWER SEARCH
ARKANSAS NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY
ILLINOIS WILDFLOWERS
MINNESOTA WILDFLOWERS
KANSAS WILDFLOWERS AND GRASSES
NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
(A. virginiana/var. virginiana)
PFAF (PLANTS FOR A FUTURE)
GO BOTANY
LADY BIRD JOHNSON WILDFLOWER CENTER
FRIENDS OF THE WILDFLOWER GARDEN
MARYLAND BIODIVERSITY PROJECT
GARDENIA
VIRGINIA WILDFLOWERS
GARDENING KNOW HOW
FINGER LAKES NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY

NOTE: The data (figures, maps, accepted names, etc.) may not match on these websites. It depends on when and how they make updates and when their sources make updates (and if they update their sources or even read what they say). Some websites have hundreds and even many thousands of species to keep up with. Accepted scientific names change periodically and it can be hard to keep with as well. Some of the links may use a name that is a synonym on other sites. In my opinion, Plants of the World Online by Kew is the most reliable and up-to-date plant database and they make updates on a regular basis. I make updates “at least” once a year and when I write new pages or add new photos but I do get behind. We are all a work in progress. 🙂

 

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