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Anemone blanda AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bulb

Habit

Columnar/Upright

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset; contact may irritate skin

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

Pink, White or Dark Blue in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

Up to 10 cm

Ultimate spread

0-0.1 metre

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

winter windflower

Family

Ranunculaceae


Anemone are herbaceous perennials with fibrous, rhizomatous or tuberous rootstocks, palmately lobed leaves and saucer-shaped, usually 5-petalled flowers

A. blanda is a compact rhizomatous perennial to 15cm, with dark green leaves composed of three lobed and toothed segments. Flowers 3-4cm in width, violet-blue, pink or white, opening in spring above three whorled stem-leaves

Other common names

  • sapphire anemone

Synonym(s)

  • Anemone blanda mixed

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained, humus-rich soil in sun or partial shade

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam, Chalk or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed, sowing them in containers in a cold frame when ripe or separate rhizomes in summer when dormant

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Patio/Container Plants, Rock Garden or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Susceptible to leaf and bud eelworms and damage from slugs

Diseases

May be infected by powdery mildews