The wood anemone has to be my favourite of all the early spring flowers. I love the way its delicate blooms raise their heads and open wide to greet the sunshine.
In warm weather wood anemones are said to give off a musky aroma, reminiscent of a fox's scent mark. I can't say I've ever noticed it myself!
The wood anemone can be used as an indicator of ancient woodland in many parts of the British Isles. The plant spreads very slowly and rarely colonises new woodland so, according to the text books, it is usually restricted to sites that have been wooded for many centuries. Having said that, I have found colonies thriving in open grassland in the White Peak.