Rue Anemone (Anemonella thalictroides)
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A delicate plant with several stalked, white flowers rising above a pair or whorl of compound leaves with 3 round-lobed leaflets.
Flowers: 1 inch wide; sepals 5 to 10, white or pinkish-tinged, petal-like; petals lacking; stamens and pistils numerous.
Leaves: Basal and stem leaflets to 1 inch wide, ovate, with 3 rounded lobes.
Height: 4 to 8 inches.
This slender spring flower is easily cultivated in wildflower gardens.
Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)
Flowers: March – May
Parts Used: Whole plant
Rich woods. Maine to Florida; Arkansas and Oklahoma to Minnesota.
Main Uses: American Indians used root tea for diarrhea and vomiting. Tuberous roots considered edible. Historically, root preparation used by physicians as an experimental application to treat piles.
Tincture: 10 to 20 drops as needed.