“The floure never openth it selfe, but when the wynde bloweth,” wrote William Turner, in A New Herbal (1560). In our garden, however, we enjoy the buttercup-shaped flowers in any weather, windy or not. Tasteful and deceptively delicate looking, Anemone is also tough and undemanding. Most will multiply readily in rich sandy loam, and are perfect for naturalizing in a woodland setting.
With Old World appeal, its sweet smelling bounty of yellow-eyed, satiny white blossoms has been lighting up gardens for over 400 years. Atop straight 18 in. stems, delicate cup-shaped single flowers offer a repeat bloom come fall, and later develop ornamental cotton-like seed heads. Deeply cut, palmate green leaves form a lustrous dense ground cover that easily naturalizes in loamy soil and bright shade. Amenable to full sun where its cool and full shade where it’s warm, this ethereal beauty detests desert heat, can accompany early-flowering spring bulbs and may periodically need its energetic rhizomes curbed.
Blooms April–June & September
Size: 12" – 18" high x 12" – 18" wide.
Hardy to zone 4.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Anemone Fantasy ‘Snow Angel’
- Anemone hupehensis ‘Crispa’
- Anemone x hybrida ‘Alice’
- Anemone x hybrida ‘Andrea Atkinson’
- Anemone x lesseri
- Anemone leveillei
- Anemone magellanica
- Anemone multifida ‘Annabella White’
- Anemone nemorosa ‘Vestal’
- Anemone palmata
- Anemone rivularis ‘Glacier’
- Anemone ‘Ruffled Swan’
- Anemone ‘Wild Swan’