wood anemone - WOOD ANEMONE; wood anemone - A low perennial, 3-6 in. high, carpeting many woodlands in spring with its graceful nodding solitary white flowers, an inch or so across, with numerous yellow anthers, sometimes with a pink or purple tinge beneath, very occasionally ice-blue. Leaves trifoliate, much divided; fruits downy, in a rounded cluster. Habitat: Widespread and common in and near woods, and hedge-banks, also on mountains. March-May.