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Tall Thimbleweed

Anemone virginiana

Tall Thimbleweed

General Information

Tall Thimbleweed is an easy-to-grow, upright herbaceous perennial.

Tall Thimbleweed is typically found in clearings within woods. It prefers moist, rich soil and tolerates full shade but prefers some sun.

Tall Thimbleweed has five greenish-white petals (they’re actually sepals) forming cup-shaped flowers. Tall Thimbleweed blooms between April and May.

Plant Information

Plant Type:

Herbaceous perennial

Sun Preference:

Full Sun * Part Sun * Shade

Soil Moisture Preference:

Dry * Medium-Dry

Plant Height:

2 to 3 feet

Plant Width:

1 to 2 feet

Plant Spacing:

1.5 to 2 feet

Flower Color:

White to Off White

Flower timing:

June to July

Culture Information:

The best locations to plant Tall Thimbleweed include naturalized areas, wildflower gardens, native gardens, rock gardens, woodlands, and shady gardens.

When first planted, Tall Thimbleweed should be watered weekly for first few months, unless at least an inch of rain has been received in the last week to help it get established. After it becomes established, Tall Thimbleweed only needs watering during severe drought, as it tolerates drought.

As with most perennials, Tall Thimbleweed can be cut to the ground after the first freeze or left until late winter. Deadheading is the best management strategy to control its spread. Tall Thimbleweed is not as aggressive as most Anemone species.


Black Walnut
Dry Soil
Heavy Shade
Insect Pests
Shallow, rocky soil

Pests & Disease:

Tall Thimbleweed typically has no serious insect problems.

Tall Thimbleweed doesn’t usually have serious disease problems.

All parts of the Tall Thimbleweed have medium toxicity and are poisonous to humans. It is toxic if large quantities are eaten. All parts are poisonous when fresh; symptoms of poisoning include inflammation and blistering upon contact with fresh sap and irritation of mouth, vomiting and diarrhea following ingestion.

Wildlife Use:

Pollinators: N/A.

Birds: N/A.

Mammals: Tall Thimbleweed is resistant to damage by deer. It can result in contact dermatitis to humans.

Other: N/A.

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