Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Plant Profile: Anemone

As if the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae) didn't do enough for us gardeners! Some are used as herbal medicines (goldenseal!), spices (Nigella sativa), and then there's the flower power: buttercups, larkspur, Delphinium, Helleborus, Trollius, Clematis, and the subject of today's post Anemone! The particular Anemone we grow in the garden is Anemone coronaria, also called the Poppy Windflower.

Latin name:
Anemone ("ah-NEM-o-nee")
Common name: Windflower
Originally from: North and South temperate zones. Anemone coronaria is native to the Mediterranean.
Blooms: Spring - dormant rest of the year. Flowers in blue, purple, red, white and bicolors above a whorl of 'claw footed' leaves.
Light: Full sun
Water: Some summer water needed, but otherwise our climate is perfect.
Where to find in P. Garden: Blue colored flowers are in with the daffodils by the bench, and red colored flowers are along the path in the bed by the dog run. They are starting to flower in full force this week so be sure to check them out.

UPDATE Sept 2016: All the Anemone died out due to lack of water. I'm afraid they're not drought tolerant.

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