Wood Anemone (Wind flower)

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  • Common Name: Wood Anemone (Wind flower)
  • Latin Name: Anemone nemorosa
  • Family Name: Ranunculaceae
As members of the Buttercup family, Wood Anemones contain protoanemonin, which is derived from the chemical ranunculin, and if dried it converts into anemonic acid.  If ingested this could cause blistering of the mouth, stomach irritation and bloody diarrhoea so best to avoid.  In the wild the flowers are usually white, but may also be pink, lilac, blue or yellow, with the backs of the petals often having a slightly darker tint.

Do not confuse with Pasque Flower, which is also called Wind Flower.

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