from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A little American wild flower, Anemone thalictroides, resembling both anemone and meadow-rue.
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The pretty rue-anemone recalls the tradition that Anemos, the wind, chose the delicate little flowers of this family as the heralds of his coming in early spring.
There were banks white with the rue-anemone, and they were marked, that some of the little tuber-like roots might be taken up in the fall for forcing in the house.