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By Charles Bradley - 6th April 2020 6:00am
Wood Anemone — Anemone nemorosa.
I am reliably informed by my woodland colleagues that there is a particularly fine show of wood anemones this year. The wood anemone is my favourite wild flower. They are so delicate, so seemingly fragile — and yet they are a really tough little plant that is capable of surviving in the most un-promising of situations. It is also fascinating that anemone flowers will open wide in the light of day, but close up as night approaches and then droop to protect themselves from dew. They will also do this if rain threatens.
The Wood anemone has an extensive history and folk-lore. It is named after the Greek wind god, Anemos, (think of the wind speed measuring Anemometer) who sent his namesakes, the anemones, in early spring to herald his coming. This legend gives the flower its other common name of 'Windflower'. The Romans considered wood anemones to be a 'lucky charm' and would pick the first flowers to appear each year in an attempt to ward off fever. In contrast, the Chinese still call it "the Flower of Death" because of its pale, ghostly appearance.
Richard Mabey (in his "Flora Britannica") tells of the delightful children's mis-hearing of the name, 'wooden enemies'. And that brings me to a final thought — despite the fact that the name is written as ANEMONE, how many of you reading this have transposed the second 'n' and the 'm' to give a word that sounds as "aneNoMe", rather than aneMoNe? It's interesting to listen out and discover how widespread this mis-pronunciation really is!
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