E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Anemone parviflora Michx.
northern anemone (smallflowered anemone)
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Distribution of Anemone parviflora
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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a short woody stem-base on widespread, slender, horizontal rhizomes; stems erect, 5-30 cm tall; nearly smooth to densely soft-hairy.
Basal, 1 to 5 (7), ascending, heart- to kidney-shaped, 1.5-3 (4) cm wide, 3-parted, margins usually broadly toothed to toothed on upper 1/3, the terminal leaflet obtriangular, 0.7-1.8 cm long, 0.5-1.3 cm wide, the lateral leaflets once- or twice-lobed, the ultimate segments 4-15 mm wide, nearly smooth to soft-hairy; stalks 2-10 cm long.
Inflorescence 1-flowered, terminal; flower stalks soft-hairy; involucral bracts 2 to 3, leaf-like, similar to terminal leaflets of basal leaves; petals absent; sepals 4 to 7, petal-like, white or tinged blue, broadly elliptic to egg-shaped, 8-20 mm long, 4-9 mm wide, hairy and often bluish outside, smooth inside; stamens 70-80.
Achenes, numerous in a spheric head on stalks 4-18 cm long, the achenes egg-shaped, 2-2.5 mm long, about 1 mm wide, not winged, densely woolly; beaks straight, 1-2.5 mm long, smooth.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist meadows, heath, seepage sites, snowbeds, scree, tundra, thickets, streambanks and forest openings from the montane to the alpine zones; frequent throughout BC; N to AK, YT and NT, E to NF and S to ID, CO and NE OR.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Anemone parviflora

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 13 1619 2541
Slope Gradient (%) 0 25 150
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
5 187 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 3 8
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: AT(17), BAFA(70), BWBS(21), ESSF(116), ICH(1), IDF(2), IMA(6), MH(1), MS(8), SBS(10), SWB(96)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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