Herb: Wind Flower


Latin name: Anemone quinquefolia


Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)



Medicinal use of Wind Flower:

Employed as a rubefacient in the treatment of rheumatism, gout and fevers, it is also used as a vesicant in the removal of corns.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
30 cm
(11 3/4 inch)

Flovering:
May

Habitat of the herb:

Moist open woods, thickets, clearings, streamsides, occasionally swampy areas at elevations from 30 - 1900 metres.

Propagation of Wind Flower:

Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe in the summer. Surface sow or only just cover the seed and keep the soil moist. Sow stored seed as soon as possible in late winter or early spring. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 6 months at 15C. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in light shade in the greenhouse for at least their first year. When the plants are large enough, plant them out in the spring. Division in late summer after the plant dies down.

Cultivation of the herb:

Moist open woods, thickets, clearings, streamsides, occasionally swampy areas at elevations from 30 - 1900 metres.

Known hazards of Anemone quinquefolia:

An extremely acrid plant, even small doses causing a great disturbance of the stomach.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.