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Anemone berlandieri

 
Anemone berlandieri

Common name tenpetal thimbleflower; southern windflower
Family ranunculaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z7-9)
Flowers white to purple (late winter-early spring)
Size 6"
Light sun-part shade

Wildflower commonly seen in the southeastern and south-central US. Sturdy upright stems emerge in late winter, decorated with just a few deeply cut leaves; the flowers follow shortly thereafter, and I found they actually have more than 10 petals (sepals, actually, for the botanically precise), despite their common name. Plants go dormant in summer.
After five years of gardening in Texas, all of a sudden this popped up in several locations around our yard – mostly in the lawn, but also in a border area. It's quite pretty, and likely not much of a nuisance, so I gladly welcomed this "weed" to our garden, where its pure-white flowers enliven the expanse of still-lifeless bermudagrass in mid-March.

tenpetal thimbleflower; southern windflower
Flower in waiting

This is a weed in our garden

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