Rue Anemone, Thalictrum thalictroides
Ranunculaceae or Buttercup Family



Plants Low plant with usually many flowers having 5 to 10 pure white to pale pink sepals and no true petals.  Leaves of two kinds; just below the flower cluster there is a whorl of simple leaves with 3 blunt lobes at the tip.  Basal leaves have three groups of three leaflets, each leaflet similar to the leaves in the whorl below the flowers.  Blooms in early to mid-spring.

Common in the woods on the western slope and very common in the woods on the eastern slope. 

At first glance could be confused with sharp-lobed or round-lobed hepatica, which have much larger leaves and generally 6 petal-like sepals.  Could also be confused with star chickweed, but that plant has very different leaves and 5 petals, often appearing to be 10 petals.

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