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Anemone nemorosa 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

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pink and White in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

wood anemone

Family

Ranunculaceae


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

A. nemorosa is a dwarf herbaceous perennial to 20cm in height, with a slender rhizome and deeply cut leaves. Solitary flowers with about 7 white petals, sometimes flushed pink on reverse

Other common names

  • lady's nightcap
  • moonflower
  • nightcaps
  • old woman's nest
  • wind-flower
  • wood crowfoot
  • wood windflower

Synonym(s)

  • Anemone nemorosa mixed

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Grow in moist but well-drained humus-rich soil. Drier conditions may be tolerated when dormant

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by seed, sowing them in containers in a cold frame when ripe or separate the rhizomes in spring when the foliage has died back

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs, Wildflower meadow or Rock Garden


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Susceptible to leaf eelworms and damage from caterpillars and slugs

Diseases

May be infected by powdery mildews