The Wind Flower

The lovely Rue-anemone is one of the earliest of the wildflowers to blossom along the eastern half of the United States. Each March throughout the Southeast, this little wildflower of the Buttercup family somehow manages to push its dainty body up from its wintry bed. As the warm spring weather creeps north, it can then be found in bloom all along the Eastern half of the United States- even up into Canada.

Rue-anemone receives it common name from the latin word "Anemonella" which
means "wind flower". It is an apt name describing the delicate features of the plant- its threadlike stem and dainty leaves respond to even the slightest breeze.

This plant's scientific name is Thalictrum thalictroides. Thalictrum is derived from the Greek word "thaliktron" which means "a plant with divided leaves." The leaves of the Rue-anemone look like little mittens. Up until 1951, the Rue-anemone was classified as Anemonella thalictroides. Quite a few scientific articles were written in the early 1900's arguing for or against the changing of it's classification.

It has been reported that some Native American tribes made a tea from the root of this plant for use as a medicine to help treat vomiting and diarrhea. However, the leaves of the plant are thought to be toxic. The roots of this plant have also been mentioned as a remedy in the treatment of hemmorhoids. The book King's American Dispensatory (1909) contains the following description regarding Rue-anemone's use for hemmorhoids:

"But little is known concerning the therapeutic properties of this plant. Dr. SE Barber of Connsville, MO informs us that he has found it to be a valuable remedy in external and internal hemorrhoids not accompanied with hemorrhage. The method of using it is to simply eat 3 or 4 of the small root tubers 3 times a day. We used some of the tubers, which he sent to us, in two cases of blind piles, and with apparent success. If further and more extensive trial of these tubers should confirm these conclusions as to their efficacy, it is probable that a fluid preparation could be made from them possessing the same properties and in a more convenient form. (J King)"


The Giraffe Head Tree said...

I LOVE your new blog look, Daniel. Can you help me? Your wildflower photos are gorgeous! Thanks for everything!