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Anemone lyallii
little mountain anemone, Lyall's anemone, Lyall's windflower

Distribution: Occurring chiefly west of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California.

Habitat: Low elevation prairies to subalpine ridges.

Flowers: March-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial from light-colored, slender, scaly, horizontal rhizomes, the flowering stems 5-25 cm. tall, glabrous to puberulent.


Basal leaves usually one, thin, trifoliate, mostly glabrous, the leaflets 1-3 cm. long, bi-serrate with rounded teeth, the lateral pair often deeply lobed; the flowering stem naked except for a whorl of 3 leaves near the midpoint, these similar to the basal leaves.


Flowers single; sepals usually 5, white, or sometimes bluish or pinkish, oblong, 6-10 mm. long; petals none; stamens 12-20; pistils numerous.


Achenes ovate, 3-4 mm. long, finely pubescent; style 0.5 mm. long.

Accepted Name:
Anemone lyallii Britton
Publication: Ann. New York Acad. Sci. 6: 227. 1891.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Anemone oligantha Eastw.
Anemone quinquefolia L. var. lyallii (Britton) B.L. Rob.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Anemone lyallii in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Anemone lyallii checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Anemone lyallii atlas page.

CalPhotos: Anemone lyallii photos.

USDA Plants: Anemone lyallii information.

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