Anemone is a genus of about 200 species of flowering plants in the family Ranunculaceae. A spring delight, the Wood Anemone (not shown here) grows in dappled shade in ancient woodlands. Traditional management, such as coppicing, can help such flowers by opening up the woodland floor to sunlight. The Wood Anemone is named after the Greek wind god, Anemos, who sent his namesakes, the anemones, in early spring to herald his coming. This legend gives the flower its other common name of ‘Windflower’.

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