Anemone caroliniana Walter
Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.
Species Description - Plants 1–4 dm, from a small, globular tuber that produces 1–several delicate succulent rhizomes; basal lvs deeply 3-parted, the segments deeply and irregularly incised into few or several acute divisions; involucral lvs borne below the middle, sessile, smaller than but otherwise much like the basal; peduncle solitary, villous; sep 10–20, white to rose or purple, 10–22 mm, narrowly oblong; fruiting head narrowly ± ellipsoid, 13–20 mm; achenes densely woolly, the erect style ca = the body and projecting from the wool; 2n=16. Dry prairies and barrens; S.D. to Tex., e. to Wis., Ind., La., and occasionally to Ga., S.C., and N.C. Apr., May.