Date Posted: Feb 26, 2016
Rue anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides) is a rare wildflower that emerges and blooms in early spring and is gone by mid-summer. It occurs naturally in slope forests and limestone bluffs in Gadsden, Leon and Liberty counties. In Florida, it is a state-listed endangered species because it is at its most southern range, but it is much more prolific throughout the eastern United States.
Its dainty white flowers have many stamens with white filaments and yellow anthers. The flowers are born solitary or in loose umbels on delicately slender stalks that rise above the foliage. Basal and stem leaves are glabrous and compound, comprised of three leaflets, each with three bluntly rounded lobes. They are arranged in whorls.
Rue anemone's tuberous, starchy roots of rue anemone can be eaten once they have been cooked. Native Americans made a tea from the roots to treat diarrhea and vomiting.
Read more about this charming ephemeral species on our blog.
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