Color, white, the sepals sometimes striped or tinted with blue or rose outside. Petals, none. Sepals, 4 to 7, like petals. Stamens, many. Pistils, 15 to 20, forming a head of carpels, with hooked beaks in fruit. Flower, single, large, open, 1 inch broad, slightly nodding. Leaves, from the root, and 3 on the flower-stem, forming an involucre above the middle. Leaflets 3-divided, the lateral in one variety 2-parted, oblong in general outline, on long petioles. April and May.

A delicate little plant, one of the first to appear in spring. It grows from a thin, elongated rootstock. Sterile plants also come up, consisting of a single root-leaf. It is a sure proof that winter is gone when the first wind flower appears in protected nooks, looking bravely out into the new world, daring late frosts and winds, secure in that very fragileness which bends to the strong blasts.

Open woods or margins of deeper woods. Also found in pine woods. (See illustration, p. 72.)

Wind flower wood anemone (Anemone quinquefolia)

Wind flower wood anemone (Anemone quinquefolia)