Photo at right of Anemone multifida from Saddle Mountain, Coast Range, Oregon.
1. This anemone is difficult to distinguish from Drummond's Anemone (Anemone drummondii). The latter is usually shorter and more cushion-like, less hairy, and with single flowers per stem possible. The former is taller, with two flowers per stem possible.
2. The basal leaves are divided into several elliptical leflets. The basal leaves also have long petioles. A whorl of leaves is found at midstem in addition. These latter stem leaves lack the long petioles.
3. The flowers are actually five white to purplish, or occasionally orange or red sepals. Petals are lacking. The yellow stamens and greenish pistils are centrally located and both are numerous.
4. The fruits are silky plumes attached to a single achene. This arrangement allows for wind dispersal of the seeds.
5. This is a fine wildflower for the rock garden, and seems to be very hardy in lowland, west of the Cascades gardens!
Cliff anemone is found in varied habitats, from open, exposed ridge tops, to open forests..
Cliff anemone is widely distributed in mountainous areas throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Pacific anemone as seen near the summit of Saddle Mountain in the Coast Range of northwestern Oregon................June 14, 2009. Anemone multifida var. saxicola is also found at this location, but that species generally has grayer foliage, is lower (up to 20 cm high) and usually has only one floral scape rather than the several seen here.
Cliff anemone (variety globosa) from the Frances Lake Trail, Eagle Cap Wilderness..........July 25, 1997.