Anemone – harbringer of spring

The Anemone Berlandieri is also known as Granny’s nightcap.    Native Americans viewed the anemone as a sign of spring and used them in various ceremonies.  They come in a variety of shapes and colors.  If you look closely at the center of the flower, surrounding the cone, you will see many pistils.  When pollinated,  these can become a seed, each with a fuzzy “wing”, to be carried by the wind to start the next generation.

White Anemone (Courtesy of Paula Richards)
White Anemone
(Courtesy of Paula Richards)

While anemones can be white, pink or even purple, they do not have petals!  The color is provided by the sepals (10-20), the covering which protects the flower bud.   On most other flowers, the sepals are typically green and, after sheltering the bud, stay on to support the petals.

Purple anemone. (Courtesy of Paula Richards)
Purple anemone.
(Courtesy of Paula Richards)