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Drummond's Anemone - Anemone drummondii
Other Names:  Little Belt Mountain Thimbleweed, Anemone lithophila

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4
(see State Rank Reason below)
C-value: 5

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Widespread across the western half of Montana.
General Description
Stems 5–20 cm from a branched caudex. Leaves sparsely long-hairy to glabrous; blades 1–4 cm wide, twice ternately divided and lobed; the ultimate lobes oblong. Inflorescence usually 1-flowered, subtended by 2 to 3 petiolate bracts similar to the leaves. Flowers with 5 to 7 sepals, white, bluish on the outside, 8–12 mm long. Achenes wooly, 2–4 mm long, the beak 2–3 mm long, in a globose head 5–15 mm high (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Ours is variety lithophila.

Species Range
Montana Range Range Descriptions


Range Comments
BC, AB south to CA, ID, and WY (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 102

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Relative Density



(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Moist meadows, moraine, stony slopes; near or above treeline (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Culver, D.R. 1994. Floristic analysis of the Centennial Region, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Montana State University, Bozeman. 199 pp.
    • Williams, K.L. 2012. Classification of the grasslands, shrublands, woodlands, forests and alpine vegetation associations of the Custer National Forest portion of the Beartooth Mountains in southcentral Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 376 p.
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