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

Anemone narcissiflora L.
narcissus anemone
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Anemone narcissiflora var. villosissima

Species Information

Perennial herb from a woody stem-base; stems erect, 7-60 cm tall; commonly hairy.
Basal, 3 to 10, ascending, 2-10 cm wide, palmately 3-parted, the margins incised on the upper 1/3, sometimes with a few teeth, the lateral leaflets deeply 1- to 3-lobed, incised, the ultimate segments 3-10 mm wide, nearly smooth to silky-hairy; stalks 4-20 cm long.
Inflorescence a 2- to 8-flowered terminal umbel, or a solitary flower; flower stalks nearly smooth to long soft-hairy; involucral bracts (2-) 3, leaf-like, similar to basal leaves but greatly reduced, bases clasping and more or less joined; petals absent; sepals usually 5 to 9, petal-like, white to cream, often blue-tinged on outer surface, egg- to diamond-shaped, 8-20 mm long, 5-13 mm wide, smooth; stamens 40-80 (100).
Achenes, numerous in a spheric head on stalks 5-14 cm long, the achenes ellipsoid to egg-shaped, 5-9 mm long, 4-6 mm wide, winged, smooth; beaks curved to curved back, 0.8-1.5 mm long, smooth.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist to mesic meadows, heath, rocky slopes, shrublands and forest openings in the subalpine and alpine zones; common in N BC and along the coast from Brooks Peninsula northward; circumboreal, N to AK, YT and NT.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Anemone narcissiflora

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)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 930 1589 2230
Slope Gradient (%) 0 22 80
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
5 217 360
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: BAFA(66), BWBS(1), ESSF(6), SBS(1), SWB(45)


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 alpine tundra & boreal.

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