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Rue Anenome
Thalictrum thalictroides

This is similar to Mountain Meadowrue, except it has more flowers and more rounded leaflets. It’s only toxic when eaten in large quantities, so if you’re around this plant, don’t go pretending you’re a hungry Brontosaurus or a White Tailed Deer.

It may be toxic, but it’s just so lovely, this flower. It covers the steep roadsides in the spring and the flowers gently bob in the wind. A very joyful “hello”.

(It was really hard to photograph this flower, it kept getting burned out and out of focus. Just another reason why I may need to either learn to photograph with my iphone better, or switch to my Canon digital camera).

Size: Up to 9" tall
Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)
Habitat: Open, deciduous and mixed woods, humus-rich soil. 
Identification: "Rue-anemone is a delicate woodland perennial rising to 9 inches. At the top of the stalk is a lacy whorl of 3-parted, dark-green leaves above which rises delicate, reddish-brown stems bearing pink or white blossoms." From wildflower.org

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