Anemonella Plant Growing & Care Guide for Gardeners

In this Gardener's HQ guide, we'll explore cultivating Anemonella plants in your garden, indoor spaces, and other settings.

Rue-Anemonella: Cultivation & Garden Use

The common name for the hardy perennial Anemonella is the Rue-Anemone. It is a member of the Ranunculaceae family and thus closely related to the buttercups.

They typically flower from spring through to the beginning of summer.

Rue anemone
Thomas G. Barnes @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Barnes, T.G. & S.W. Francis. 2004. Wildflowers and ferns of Kentucky. University Press of Kentucky.

Anemonella is a low growing plant of approximately 10cm in height. It has cup shaped flowers that having a graceful tint of pink or white. They make great plants for rockeries.

Anemonella Plant Species

Anemonella thalictroides - Rue Anemone

Anemonella thalictroides is a delicate perennial. Rue Anemone features thin, fern-like leaves. It blooms pink or white flowers in spring.

Plants thrive in partial shade, and require a well-drained soil. It is ideal for woodland gardens or for use as a ground cover plant.

Anemonella thalictroides
Rue Anemone (Anemonella thalictroides and Thalictrum thalictroides) photograph by Bobosh t.

Often confused 'Anemone plant' classifications

Due to their common names, these plants are sometimes linked closely to Rue-Anemone.

Anemone microphylla / Anemone parviflora - Small-leaf Anemone

Anemone microphylla is a small perennial. It has finely divided leaves. Its flowers are white, blooming in spring.

Small-leaf Anemone prefers shady locations and moist soil. This plant is suitable for both rock gardens or border fronts.

Anemone macrophylla - Large-leaf Anemone

Anemone macrophylla is a hardy perennial that boasts large, divided leaves. Plants produce white or pink flowers in spring.

The Large-leaf Anemone, also known as False Anemone plant grows well in part shade locations with moist, rich soils. It is perfect for use in woodland gardens or as ground cover.

Anemone virginiana - Virginia Anemone

Anemone virginiana is a petite perennial plant. It has fine, fern-like leaves. It carries charming white flowers in the spring.

Plants enjoy partial shade and a rich, well-drained soil. Virginia Anemone is ideal for woodland or shade gardens/ Like other Anemones it also works well for ground coverage.

How to Grow Rue-Anemone

It is best to plant Rue-Anemone tubers in the early autumn at a depth of one inch (3 cm). Use a spacing of five to seven inches (12 to 18 cm).

Anemonella prefers to be grown in a partly shaded area.

The soil should not be rich and be well drained, ideally soil should be took from a woodland, and then organic leaf matter added.

Soil should ideally have a pH level in the range of 5 to 7.

Taking Care of Anemonella

It is fairly easy to care for Rue-anemone and other Anemonella; they should be propagated by division. This should not be carried out more than once every four years or you risk damaging the plants beyond repair.

Anemonella requires to be watered regularly when flowers are in bloom.

Ideally the plants should be planted in an area that is free from wind, and should be mulched in the autumn.

Quick Anemonella Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Anemonella
  • Common Names: Rue Anemone, Windflower.
  • Growing Zone (USA / UK Hardiness): USDA Zones: 4-8. RHS Hardiness Rating: H5 (Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters).
  • Best Used For / Garden Location: Ideal for woodland gardens, shaded borders, or rock gardens. Preferably in a shady or semi-shady location.
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Perennial / Herbaceous.
  • Plant Height: 6-12 inches (15-30 cm).
  • Plant Spread: 6-9 inches (15-23 cm).
  • Blooms: Spring to early Summer.
  • Flower Details: Small, cup-shaped white or pink flowers.
  • Leaf Foliage: Delicate, finely dissected, green leaves.
  • Fruit: Small, round fruit clusters.
  • Best Light Conditions: Partial to full shade.
  • Suitable Soil Types: Moist, well-drained, humus-rich soils.
  • Sowing, planting: Plant tubers in autumn. Space tubers 4-6 inches (10-15 cm) apart.
  • Germination time: N/A as propagation by seeds is not commonly practiced.
  • Propagation: By division in early spring.
  • Plant Care: Keep soil consistently moist. Requires little maintenance once established.
  • Growing in pots and containers: Suitable for container growing. Use a shady location and maintain moist conditions.
  • Growing as an House plant: Not commonly grown as a houseplant due to its requirement for outdoor, woodland-like conditions.
  • Miscellaneous: Deer resistant. May attract butterflies. Not invasive.
  • Pests and diseases: Generally disease-free, but watch for slug and snail damage.
  • Common Garden Species / Cultivars / Varieties: Anemonella thalictroides 'Oscar Schoaf' known for its double, lavender-pink flowers.
  • Family: Ranunculaceae, the Buttercup family.
  • Native: North America.
  • References and Further Reading: Missouri Botanical Garden: Plant Finder - Anemonella.

Common Questions

How many members does the Anemonella genus have?

The Anemonella genus is small, containing only one species, Anemonella thalictroides also known as Rue Anemone.

Do members of Anemonella make a good garden or landscaping plant?

Yes, Anemonella thalictroides is an excellent plant for woodland gardens or shady borders due to its attractive, delicate flowers and foliage.

Which Anemonella species are most frequently grown by gardeners?

Given that Anemonella thalictroides is the sole species in this genus, it is the one most commonly grown.

Are members of the Anemonella plant genus fragrant?

No, Anemonella thalictroides is not known for having a fragrance.

What is the perfect location to grow Anemonella?

Anemonella prefers shady to partially shady conditions and a well-drained soil rich in organic matter. It is often found in woodland settings.

Is Anemonella invasive in the USA, if so in which states?

Presently, Anemonella thalictroides is not considered invasive in the USA.

How do I remove Anemonella plants from my garden?

Anemonella can be removed by careful hand-pulling, ensuring all of the root system is extracted to prevent regrowth.


The Anemonella genus, part of the Ranunculaceae family, includes a single species, Anemonella thalictroides, also known as Rue Anemone. This perennial plant, native to North America, features delicate, star-shaped flowers in white or pink and light green, fern-like foliage.

Anemonella plants thrive in part shade to full shade and require well-drained, humus-rich soil. They are perfect for woodland gardens or shady border areas. The plants go dormant after flowering, disappearing until the following spring. They can be propagated by seed or by careful division of the tuberous root system.

I hope that you enjoyed this guide on Anemonella. You may also enjoy the following Gardener's HQ growing guides: How to grow Thalictrum and Nigella plants.