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Anemone genus (Windflower). This is a genus of approximately 120 species of spring, summer and autumn-flowering perennials, sometimes tuberous or rhizomatous. Species include a range of woodland plants as well as the more common florist’s anemone (Anemone coronoria). All have tufts of basal leaves that are divided in palmate fashion into few to many leaflets. The starry or bowl-shaped flowers have five or more petals, their colours covering almost the whole range of flower colours. Anemones can be divided into the autumn flowering species with fibrous roots, such as A. hupehensis and A. x hybrida, and the tuberous and rhizomatous types, usually spring flowering which include the ground hugging A. blanda and A. nemorosa. There are other rhizomatous species which will tolerate less moisture and more open conditions. Given the right conditions and left undisturbed for years, many of these will form wonderful carpets of both leaf texture and colour through their delicate flowers. The tuberous rooted types, of which A. coronaria is best known, flower in spring.
Perennials, Deciduous, Herbaceous
The name of the genus comes from the Greek 'anemos' - wind. Reference to its ability to grow in exposed places. Legend has it that the plant originated on the slopes of Mount Olympus; mountain of the gods.
Cut flowers, rock gardens, borders. Suitable for coastal conditions.
By division in spring, by seed sown in late summer when fresh, or by root cuttings in winter.
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