Winter Windflower

Anemone blanda

Sapphire Anemone, Balkan Anemone, Greek Thimbleweed, Greek Anemone, Greek Windflower

profile iconAnemone blanda in the Kensington Gardens, London spring 2013 (3)
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Anemone blanda blue flowers and green grass
profile iconAnemone blanda in the Kensington Gardens, London spring 2013 (3)
by Chmee2 (CC BY-SA 3.0)
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Anemone blanda is also known by the names winter windflower and sapphire anemone after its attractive flower appearance. This rhizomatous perennial lies in the Ranunculaceae family of buttercups. Typically grows to around 15cm high, producing attractive divided foliage with 3 toothed and lobed edges. Flowers coloured blue, purple, pink or white are borne in spring on stems above 3 small leaves in a whorl. These flowers are around 3-4cm wide and there are numerous narrow petals. This bushy species is deciduous and thus loses its green foliage in the autumn and regrows new leaves in the spring.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring

Propagation

Rhizomes

Rhizomes may be divided when the plant is dormant.

Seed

Sow ripe seed in containers or a cold frame for best results.

Special features

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Special features

Origin

The Mediterranean, Southeastern Europe including Turkey.

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Alkaline, Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Personality

Family

Ranunculaceae

Flower colour

Pink, Blue
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