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The Unknown Flower


Anyone know what this is? A neighbor gave some to me one day recently, and said they were Snowdrops - but I thought they were the little white flowers that kind of droop down from their stems and are some of the first flowers of spring. They look a bit like Icelandic Poppies and have a slightly sweet smell. I just love them and want to know what the heck they are. Anyone?

May 9, 2007 in Food and Drink | Permalink


I think they may be Snowdrop Anemone (anemone sylvestris).

Posted by: kris at May 11, 2007 8:18:53 AM

Yes! Thank you Kris. It is a Snowdrop Anemone

Posted by: Lorika at May 11, 2007 10:50:54 AM

Lovely picture. I love the delicate simplicity of the white anemone against the dark background.

Posted by: Christina at May 11, 2007 8:47:02 PM

Glad to be of help. Sorry it was such an abrupt post this morning - had to get out and weed gardens! And then my internet link went down. Anyway, now that I've had a chance to look at your blog, I like it! I live in the Minneapolis area and it's nice to see some other Minnesota blogs! Your photo of the anemone is pretty - I like those sweet little spring blooms.

Posted by: kris at May 11, 2007 11:21:16 PM

Thank you, Christina and Kris! It was a bit dark when I took that pic, but every other time I was out it was just too windy to get a focussed shot! I really wanted to get a pic before the blooms were done. It's a good thing I did too, 'cause the next day they started to look a bit worn, and now they are pretty much done.

Kris - I'm working on a separate MN gardeners blogroll (and putting you on it of course!) Do you know of any other good ones?

Posted by: Lorika at May 14, 2007 1:23:43 PM

Only one I know of right now is Outside - which I see you have on your list already. If I come across any others, will let you know - good idea!

Posted by: kris at May 14, 2007 11:36:23 PM

I have one of these plants in my garden, and I've been wondering about its name, too. It's a great early bloomer. This morning, at our big neighborhood yard sale, I learned that it was definitely an anemone and not a bloodroot. Thanks to Kris, I now have the Latin name, too. Thanks!

I live in the Midway neighborhood at one of the painted intersections. Have a garden and a blog. Spend more time in my garden than I spend on my blog. Should spend more time on interior remodeling, but that's another story.

I'm trying to move from having a lot of plants to having a garden. My goal this year is to add a lot more structure and hardscapes. I want some clearly defined paths and a trellis or some sort of open fence for vining plants to climb on. And I'm trying to raise the soil level in my yard.

All stuff that would have been a heck of a lot easier if I had started from scratch. Instead, my garden just sort of grew, and grew, and grew. Here a bed, there a bed, everywhere a bed bed. And now I have to do the structure work around the stuff I want to keep.

Posted by: Peter Hoh at May 19, 2007 11:37:49 PM

Hey - let's add Peter's Growing Things blog to the Minnesota list! He has a good one.

Posted by: kris at May 20, 2007 11:39:46 PM