Northern anemone is an attractive perennial wildflower with one to two simple, weak and one-flowered stems from 5-20 cm high. The stems are hairy, at least towards the base. The basal leaves number from one to three, but are occasionally missing. Individual leaves are ternately compound with wedge-shaped blades widest at the tips. The margins are toothed or lobate at the tips. The lateral leaflets or once or twice lobed for at least half their length.
The inflorescence consists of a single flower atop the stem. Involucral leaves or bracts are found about two-thirds of the way up the stem. These are usually divided nearly to their base into 3 entire to lobed segments. The 5 sepals are whitish or bluish-tinged with hairs on thir outer surface. Individual sepals measure from 10-15 mm long.
Northern anemone is found in mountain meadows or in riparian areas along streams.
Northern anemone is found from Alaska south th the northern Cascade Mts. of Washington and east to the Atlantic coast. It is found southward to the Wallowa Mts. of northeastern Oregon and east through central Idaho to the Rocky Mts. where it is found from Montana to Colorado. It is also found in Asia.
The photo above shows a close-up of the flower of northern anemone. Photographed along the western base of Arsenic Mt., at the eastern edge of the Bob Marshall Wilderness, Montana.........July 27, 1999.