Rue Anemone Anemonella thalictroides 'Cameo'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
rue anemone 'Cameo'


The plant known as Cameo has an elegant and delicate appearance that belies a remarkable hardiness. This perennial is cherished for its lovely double flowers that exhibit a soft pink hue, reminiscent of finely carved cameos. The blooms gather in clusters, lending a frothy texture as if they were tiny rosettes dotted atop slender, green stems. Surrounding the flowers are whorls of lacy, fern-like leaves that add a further touch of ethereal beauty to the overall look of the plant. These leaves are similar in shape and texture to that of meadow rue, contributing to the plant's fine-textured foliage that makes it a charming addition to any garden setting. The plant's overall presentation is one of modest grace and subtle charm, making it a favorite among garden enthusiasts who appreciate its quaint and understated elegance.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Rue Anemone, Windflower, American Anemone, Thalictrum Thalictroides.

    • Common names

      Anemonella thalictroides 'Cameo'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Rue anemone is not typically listed as a toxic plant to humans. However, as with many plants, it is possible that some individuals may experience adverse reactions if they ingest parts of the plant or if they have sensitive skin that comes into contact with the plant. There's limited information on the specific symptoms of poisoning because it is not commonly recognized as a hazardous plant. Nevertheless, it is generally recommended to avoid eating any part of wild plants unless they are known to be edible, as unpredicted reactions and consequences could occur.

    • To pets

      Rue anemone is not commonly known to be toxic to pets. However, similar to its effects on humans, ingestion of parts of the plant could potentially cause gastric irritation or an allergic reaction in some pets. Due to the lack of specific information on its toxicity, it is wise to prevent pets from ingesting this plant as a precaution. If a pet does consume rue anemone and exhibits symptoms of distress such as vomiting, diarrhea, or changes in behavior, it is recommended to consult a veterinarian.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6-9 inches (15-23 cm)

    • Spread

      6-12 inches (15-30 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      North America


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Value: Anemonella thalictroides 'Cameo', commonly known as Rue Anemone 'Cameo', has delicate double pink flowers that add beauty to gardens during early spring.
    • Low Maintenance: Once established, Rue Anemone 'Cameo' requires minimal care, making it ideal for gardeners seeking low-maintenance plants.
    • Compact Growth: Its compact size allows it to fit well in small gardens, rockeries, or as a border plant.
    • Naturalizing: Rue Anemone 'Cameo' can spread slowly and form clumps, creating a naturalized look in woodland gardens and shaded areas.
    • Attracts Wildlife: Early blooming flowers provide a food source for pollinators like bees and butterflies when few other plants are flowering.
    • Seasonal Interest: Rue Anemone 'Cameo' offers early spring interest before many other plants have begun to bloom, filling the seasonal gap in the garden.
    • Companion Planting: It pairs well with other shade-loving perennials such as ferns and hostas, enhancing the overall design of shade gardens.

  • 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

    • Photography: Due to Anemonella thalictroides 'Cameo', commonly known as Rue Anemone's, delicate and unique flowers, it's often used by photographers particularly in macro photography to capture the intricacies of nature and springtime beauty.
    • Fairy Gardens: The small stature and whimsical appearance of Rue Anemone makes it a perfect addition to fairy gardens, offering a sense of enchantment and scaled-down woodland charm.
    • Themed Wedding Decor: For spring woodland or garden-themed weddings, Rue Anemone can be used as part of floral arrangements or table decorations to add a touch of natural elegance.
    • Educational Tool: Botany teachers and educators can use Rue Anemone as a specimen to explain woodland ecosystem diversity and the lifecycle of perennials in temperate regions.
    • Artistic Inspiration: With its gentle hues and soft forms, Rue Anemone is often a subject for botanical artists and illustrators who seek to capture the essence of early spring flora in their artwork.
    • Journaling and Pressing: Nature enthusiasts and journal keepers sometimes press the delicate flowers of Rue Anemone in books to preserve the blooms and include in nature journals.
    • Garden Design: Landscape designers use Rue Anemone to create naturalistic and woodland garden designs, utilizing its ability to naturalize and provide early spring color.
    • Seasonal Celebrations: Some cultures incorporate Rue Anemone in their spring festivals to symbolize new beginnings and the cycle of life as it's one of the first flowers to bloom in spring.
    • Culinary Garnish: Although not widely used for culinary purposes, the petals of Rue Anemone could be used as a decorative, edible garnish for special dishes, provided it is confirmed safe and non-toxic for such use.
    • Companion Planting: Gardeners may use Rue Anemone as a companion plant in their beds and borders, where it can complement other early bloomers and foster a habitat for pollinators.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Rue Anemone is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Rue Anemone is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Expectation: Anemonella thalictroides 'Cameo', commonly known as Rue Anemone, typically blooms early in the spring, symbolizing anticipation and the expectation of new beginnings.
    • Innocence: With its delicate blossoms, Rue Anemone often represents purity and innocence, echoing the fragile beauty of its petals.
    • Forsaken Love: Anemones in general have a historical association with forsaken or unrequited love, a sentiment that may extend to Rue Anemone as a member of the anemone family.
    • Protection: In some folklore, anemones were considered to ward off evil and protect against ill will, which can include this species due to its anemone association.

Every 1-2 weeks
500 - 2500 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Rue Anemone 'Cameo' prefers consistently moist soil, so it should be watered regularly to maintain the soil's moisture level without waterlogging it. The frequency of watering can vary depending on the climate and soil conditions, but generally, it should be watered at least once a week with about 1 gallon of water per square yard. During periods of drought or extreme heat, the watering frequency should increase to prevent the soil from drying out. It's important to avoid overhead watering to keep the foliage dry and prevent fungal diseases.

  • sunLight

    Rue Anemone 'Cameo' thrives best in partial shade to full shade conditions. Positioning the plant in a spot that receives dappled sunlight or consistent shade throughout the day will help in avoiding the stress of intense afternoon sun. However, it can tolerate some morning sunlight, which can enhance its growth and flowering. Ideally, planting it under deciduous trees can offer the perfect balance of light.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Rue Anemone 'Cameo' can survive in a temperature range from 20°F to 75°F, but it thrives best when temperatures are cooler between 45°F and 65°F. It is a cold-hardy plant and can tolerate frost, but extremely high temperatures can stress the plant, necessitating additional care such as increased shade and mulching. Providing insulation during colder months can help protect the plant from freezing temperatures.

  • scissorsPruning

    Rue Anemone 'Cameo' does not require extensive pruning, but it may benefit from the removal of dead or faded flowers to promote further blooming and prevent self-seeding if not desired. Pruning can take place after flowering, usually in late spring or early summer. Cutting back the old foliage in late fall or early winter, after it has died back, will tidy up the plant and prepare it for the next growing season.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Rue Anemone prefers a well-draining soil rich in organic matter with a mix of loam, sand, and peat moss. The ideal soil pH for Rue Anemone should be slightly acidic to neutral, ranging from 6.0 to 7.0.

  • plantRepotting

    Rue Anemone doesn't require frequent repotting and should only be repotted once it outgrows its container, generally every 2-3 years or as needed to refresh the soil.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Rue Anemone thrives in average room humidity levels. It can tolerate some variation in humidity but does not need excessively high humidity.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Keep in bright, indirect light with moist, well-draining soil.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in partial shade with moist soil and organic mulch.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Anemonella thalictroides 'Cameo', commonly known as Rue Anemone 'Cameo', begins its life cycle as a seed that germinates in spring, when soil temperatures warm up. After germination, a small rosette of leaves develops at the soil surface, followed by the elongation of stems and the emergence of distinctive double pink flowers. The flowering stage occurs in early spring, with blooms lasting several weeks. Once pollination occurs, if successful, the plant will produce small dry fruits containing seeds that are then dispersed by various natural mechanisms. In summer, the above-ground parts of Rue Anemone 'Cameo' die back as the plant enters dormancy. Below ground, the plant survives with the help of tuberous roots that store energy for the next growing season, when the cycle begins anew with the re-emergence of leaves.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • Propogation: The Rue Anemone 'Cameo' can be effectively propagated through division, typically done after the plant has finished flowering in late spring or early summer. To propagate by division, carefully dig up the clump of the plant ensuring you have a good portion of roots and soil. Gently separate the clumps into smaller sections, each with a healthy amount of roots and shoots. Replant these divisions immediately in well-prepared soil, maintaining the same planting depth as before. Adequate watering after replanting is essential to help the newly divided plants establish in their new location. Within a few weeks, the divisions should begin to show new growth if the conditions are favorable, encompassing humidity, temperature, and light.