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WOOD ANEMONE : anenmone nemorosa

This a pretty white flower can be found in ancient woodlands, often in spreads of stars agains the green. It is also planted in graveyards, parks and gardens. Its white flowers bloom between March and May before the canopy becomes too dense, but its seeds are mostly infertile and it spreads slowly through the growth of its roots.

An easily recognisable flower, wood anemone is low-growing, with six large, white or purple-streaked ‘petals’ (which are actually its sepals), deeply lobed leaves and a thin, red stem. [Wildlife Trusts].

The presence of wood anemones can indicate ancient woodland as it is a slow-growing species which spreads via rhizomes – horizontal underground stems. [Woodlan Trust].

Wood anemones are named after the Greek god Anemos, who sent the flowers ahead of him in spring.

A galaxy of wood anemone in the woods at Lomond Shores in April.

SCOTTISH WILDLIFE TRUST : https://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/species/wood-anemone/

WOODLAND TRUST : https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/trees-woods-and-wildlife/plants/wild-flowers/wood-anemone/

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