Family, Crowfoot. No petals. Sepals, 5 to 10, rather large, white, occasionally pinkish. Flowers, several, in an umbel. At the base of this umbel is an involucre of long-petioled, roundish, 3-lobed leaflets. A leaf, similar in shape, arises from the root on a slender petiole, which disappears early. Roots a cluster of thickened tubers. This is often confounded with the wood anemone.
A delicate beauty, both in its foliage and flowers, growing from a cluster of tubers (like miniature dahlia roots), quickly withering after being picked. If one wants a bit of the woods transplanted to the house, they may be carefully taken up by the roots and set in a saucer of moss. For table decoration there can be nothing daintier. (See illustration, p. 70.)
Rue anemone (Anemonella thalictroides)