Himalayan Spurge Paraquilegia anemonoides

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
Paraquilegia microphylla


Paraquilegia anemonoides, commonly known as false anemone, is a delicate alpine plant that is often found in high mountainous regions. This plant typically exhibits a compact clump of basal leaves that are intricately divided, giving them a lace-like appearance. The leaves are usually a bright green color, contributing to an overall lush and soft texture. In terms of floral display, the false anemone produces charming flowers that tend to stand out against the foliage. The blooms are solitary on slender stems that rise above the foliage and have a striking simplicity about them. Each flower possesses a set of petal-like structures, which are commonly white or occasionally tinged with a soft pink or blue hue. These petal-like parts surround a central cluster of numerous yellow stamens that create a lovely contrast and attract pollinators. The overall form of the false anemone is compact and mound-shaped, which helps it survive in its preferred rugged terrains. The plant has a harmonious balance between its foliage and flowers, often creating a pleasing visual effect that appeals to gardeners and nature enthusiasts alike. It's important to note that the false anemone has a resilience appropriate for its native environments, often being able to withstand the temperature variations and soil conditions of alpine or rocky terrains. This adaptability adds to its charm, affording it the status of a prized specimen in rock gardens or specialized plant collections. Despite the lack of specific size references, it can be noted that the plant is well-suited to small-scale gardens or containers where its subtle beauty can be appreciated up close.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Himalayan Spurless Columbine

    • Common names

      Isopyrum anemonoides, Paraquilegia microphylla.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Paraquilegia anemonoides, commonly known as windflower, is not widely known for its toxicity to humans. As of my last update, there is little to no information indicating that this plant poses a significant risk if ingested. However, as with many plants that are not commonly used for food, there may be a risk of gastrointestinal discomfort if ingested in large quantities. It is always a good practice to avoid eating plants that are not known to be safe for human consumption. If you suspect poisoning from any plant, it is important to seek medical attention immediately.

    • To pets

      Paraquilegia anemonoides, commonly referred to as windflower, does not have a well-documented history of toxicity in pets, such as dogs and cats. There isn't widely available information that suggests this plant is harmful to pets. However, the general rule of keeping plants that are not known to be non-toxic away from pets applies here as well. If you suspect your pet has ingested windflower or any other potentially toxic plant, it would be prudent to contact your veterinarian for advice, especially if any signs of illness appear.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6 inches (15 cm)

    • Spread

      6 inches (15 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Value: Paraquilegia anemonoides, commonly known as 'Himalayan meadow-rue', is often used in rock gardens and alpine collections due to its delicate foliage and attractive flowers.
    • Low Maintenance: It requires minimal care once established, making it a practical choice for busy gardeners or those seeking low-maintenance landscaping options.
    • Drought Tolerance: Adapted to high altitude conditions, it is relatively drought-resistant, thereby conserving water and suiting xeriscaping.
    • Cold Resistance: Being native to high elevations, it is capable of withstanding cold temperatures, which is beneficial for gardens in cooler climates.
    • Attracts Pollinators: The flowers of Paraquilegia anemonoides attract bees and butterflies, which are important for pollination of various plants and maintaining biodiversity.
    • Early Flowering: It blooms in early spring, providing early splashes of color when many other plants have not yet started to bloom.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Paraquilegia anemonoides is sometimes used as an ornamental plant in gardens due to its delicate flowers and alpine nature, offering a unique aesthetic to rockeries and alpine garden arrangements.
    • The plant may act as a soil stabilizer on slopes and rocky terrains, with its roots potentially helping to prevent soil erosion in such specialized landscaping situations.
    • In colder climates, Paraquilegia anemonoides can be utilized in creating 'frozen flower' displays, where its blooms are preserved in ice for decorative purposes during winter months.
    • Some cultural traditions might use the dried flowers of Paraquilegia anemonoides in crafting, such as in the making of traditional potpourris or sachets.
    • The unique shape of Paraquilegia anemonoides flowers can inspire artists and designers, who may use it as a motif in textiles, wallpaper designs, or jewelry.
    • Beekeepers in areas where the plant is native may value it as a nectar source during the blooming season, supporting the local bee population.
    • Photographers and naturalists often appreciate the aesthetic of Paraquilegia anemonoides, using it as a subject in nature photography to highlight the beauty of alpine flora.
    • The plant can be used as an indicator species in conservation biology to help assess the health of alpine ecosystems it naturally occurs in.
    • Edible landscapes or permaculture designs may include Paraquilegia anemonoides, though not primarily for consumption, to add diversity and resilience to the planting scheme.
    • Environmental educators might use Paraquilegia anemonoides as an example of high-altitude plant life when teaching about plant adaptations and mountainous ecosystems.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Paraquilegia anemonoides is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Paraquilegia anemonoides is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Resilience: Paraquilegia anemonoides, also known as the Windflower, often blooms in early spring, sometimes even pushing through snow, symbolizing its ability to endure and thrive in challenging conditions.
    • Hope: The Windflower's early appearance is seen as a sign that winter is retreating, making it a symbol of new beginnings and the hope that comes with the onset of spring.
    • Protection: In some cultures, the Windflower is believed to ward off evil and was planted around homes for protection due to its early blooming and hardy nature.
    • Anticipation: Just as the Windflower anticipates the warmth of spring, it has come to symbolize the excitement and expectation of forthcoming events or changes in one's life.

Every 1-2 weeks
500 - 2500 Lux
Every year
Spring-Early Summer
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    The Himalayan Spurflower should be watered deeply once the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch, which typically equates to about once a week during active growth periods. In cooler months or when the plant is dormant, reduce the frequency to every other week or less, depending on environmental humidity and temperature. Using room temperature water, carefully pour water around the base of the plant until it begins to run through the drainage holes, which could amount to around a quart for a medium-sized pot. Make sure not to let the plant sit in water-filled saucers as this can lead to root rot.

  • sunLight

    The Himalayan Spurflower thrives best in bright, indirect light, making an east or west-facing windowsill an ideal spot for it. Direct sunlight can be too harsh and scorch the delicate leaves, so if placed next to a south-facing window, ensure it's protected with a sheer curtain or moved slightly away from the window to avoid direct beams of sunlight.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The Himalayan Spurflower prefers temperate conditions and will thrive in an environment where temperatures range between 50°F and 75°F. It is not frost-tolerant and should be protected from temperatures dropping below 32°F. Ideal conditions mimic its native alpine habitat, so it prefers cooler nights and can tolerate up to about 80°F during the day without stress.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning the Himalayan Spurflower is mainly done to remove spent flowers and any damaged or diseased foliage to encourage healthy growth and prevent disease spread. Light pruning can be performed after the blooming period in late spring or early summer. It is generally not necessary to prune this plant heavily, and over-pruning should be avoided to maintain its natural shape.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Paraquilegia anemonoides, commonly known as Himalayan spurge, thrives best in well-draining, sandy loam with some organic matter. A suitable soil mix could be a blend of equal parts sand, loam, and peat or leaf mold to retain some moisture yet allow excess to drain away. The pH of the soil should be mildly acidic to neutral, ideally ranging from 6.0 to 7.0.

  • plantRepotting

    Himalayan spurge does not require frequent repotting; it should be repotted every 2-3 years or when it outgrows its current pot. The best time to repot is in the spring, just before the new growth starts. Choose a pot that is slightly larger than the previous one to provide adequate room for root development.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Himalayan spurge does well in moderate humidity levels, mirroring its natural alpine environment. While it can tolerate some degree of dry air, maintaining a humidity level of around 40-50% is optimal for its growth. Avoid overly humid conditions to prevent rot and fungal diseases.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright light, cool temps, and moderate humidity.

    • Outdoor

      Provide partial shade, cool conditions, protect from harsh sun.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Paraquilegia anemonoides, commonly known as Himalayan spurge, begins its life cycle as a seed, which upon finding suitable moist and cold conditions, germinates and develops into a small seedling. The seedling grows into a rosette of leaves close to the ground, and as it matures, it forms a taproot to absorb nutrients and water. Over time, the plant develops distinctive leaves and eventually produces a flowering stalk, with blooms that are typically white to pale blue. After pollination, which can involve insects or the wind, the flowers produce fruit capsules containing seeds. These seeds are then dispersed, often by wind or rain, to begin the next generation of plants. In harsh Himalayan climates, Himalayan spurge may exhibit a perennial habit, surviving through the seasons mainly as underground structures during unfavorable conditions and reemerging when circumstances are more favorable.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Paraquilegia anemonoides, more commonly known as false anemone, is commonly propagated by seed. The best time to sow seeds is in the spring after the last frost when the soil temperature is starting to increase. To propagate by seed, distribute the seeds evenly on the surface of a well-draining seed starting mix, lightly covering them with additional soil. They should then be kept moist and in a bright but not directly sunlit area. Germination can be slow and erratic so patience is key. Once seedlings have developed true leaves and reached a sufficient size, they can be transplanted to their final locations. It's important to avoid disturbing the roots too much during transplantation as this can affect the growth of the young plants.