Anemone parviflora
Common Name: small-flowered anemone 
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Ranunculaceae
Native Range: Northern North America, Russian Far East
Zone: 3 to 7
Height: 0.50 to 0.75 feet
Spread: 0.50 to 0.75 feet
Bloom Time: June to August
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Naturalize
Flower: Showy


Best grown in moist, rocky, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Anemone parviflora, commonly called Arctic wind-flower, northern anemone or small-flowered anemone, is an herbaceous perennial of the buttercup family that typically grows to only 6-8” tall. Each plant features a solitary, upward-facing, white or blue-tinged flower (to 2” diameter) which blooms between June and August (depending on such factors as geographic location and elevation) atop a stiff stem rising from a small clump of three-parted basal leaves. It is primarily native to mountain streams, mountain meadows and rocky slopes at subalpine to alpine altitudes in Alaska and Canada, but is less frequently found further south into Idaho and Utah plus in the Rocky Mountains to Colorado. This anemone is, however, circumboreal in distribution and may also be found in northern Asia.

Each apetalous flower has five white showy petal-like sepals surrounding a center clump of contrasting yellow stamens. Deeply 3-parted basal leaves are wedge or fan-shaped and lobed. Flowers are followed by fruits which develop woolly spherical heads (to 3/8” wide).

Genus name is often said to be derived from the Greek word anemos meaning wind.

Specific epithet means small-flowered.

Windflower is an often used common name for plants in the genus Anemone because the upright flower stems of taller plants in the genus typically sway in the breeze.


No serious insect or disease problems.


A showy, late spring to summer wildflower for naturalizing in moist areas of a wildflower or native plant garden. Also may be grown near streams, ponds or water gardens.