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Anemone blanda

Anemone blanda
 

Popular name: Greek anemone

 

Flower colour: white, blue, pink, mauve

Flowering period: March-April

Average plant height: 15 cm

Planting depth to base of bulb: 5 cm

Spacing between bulbs: 5 cm

Type of bulb: corm

Light requirements: full sun or partial shade

Landscape uses: under shrubs, rock gardens, borders, containers and perennial gardens

The large, daisy-like flowers of the modern varieties of Anemone blanda ('blanda' meaning 'beautiful') have a diameter of 4-5 cm. They have yellow flower centres and numerous stamens. Anemones are extremely popular due to their early, massive flowering and their wide availability. Another big advantage is that the little rhizomes naturalise easily. They form a lovely, colourful carpet, especially under woody trees and shrubs which are still bare during the time of the anemones' flowering period. Anemones are actually a must for spots among perennials.

Most significant cultivars

In addition to being sold as named cultivars, anemones are also commonly sold in mixed colours (blue, pink, reddish pink, and white).

'Blue Shades': light to dark blue shades
'Charmer': deep pink
'Pink Star': pink
'Radar': deep pink with white
'White Splendour': pure white