Looking for a perennial flowering herb with a wide range of colors, and both spring and fall blooming varieties? Then, Anemone flowers are for you! There are over 120 varieties to choose from. Some shorter varieties will look good in flowerpots on your patio or deck. So, we hope you’re growing anemone flowers in your yard this year and every year.
Perennial Anemones are members of the buttercup family. They are native to the Mediterranean region, commonly found in dry and rocky regions. There are both spring and fall blooming varieties.
Flower Colors: Flowers bloom in a wide range of colors, including white, purple, yellow, blue, green, pink, and red.
Flower Blooms: Late Summer to Fall.
Plant height: 6 inches to 4 feet tall, depending upon variety.
Anemone flowers look good and grow, well in flower beds or rock gardens. Anemones make good container plants, too. Use them as dried flowers.
Other Names: Anemone is also known as Easter Flower, Pasque Flower, Thimbleweed, and Windflower.
While most people grow Anemone as a flower, it is actually classified as a medicinal herb. While anemones are poisonous, it has been used for a variety of medicinal applications. They include treatment for eyes, swelling, itches and rashes, tuberculosis, and bone fractures, to name a few.
Anemone flowers produce seeds. Chances are you did not know this fact. That’s because most home gardeners propagate Anemone by separating (depending upon variety) the fibrous roots rhizomes or tubers, as it is easier.
Garden Tip: Pre-soak anemone seeds, pre-soak seeds, or rhizomes overnight before planting.
Fibrous roots, rhizomes, or tubers: Plant about 1 to 2 inches deep.
Seeds: Plant 1/2″ deep.
Water the area after planting. Then, keep the soil moist, not wet.
Anemone are easy to grow. They grow best in full to partial sun. While plants will grow well in a variety of soils, they are most productive in rich, loam soils. The soil should drain well. Mix in plenty compost and well rotted manure prior to planting. Mulch around plants to help retain moisture and keep weeds down.
Water plants thoroughly. Allow the soil to dry between watering. Fertilize monthly with a general purpose fertilizer.
Once your Anemone are established, they will grow well and bloom spring or fall, depending upon variety. Deadhead spent blooms to promote more flowers.
The plant sends energy to the roots for next season’s growth and blooms. After the current blooming period is over, allow plants to grow until they die off naturally.
Ideal Soil pH: 6.0 – 7.5.
Plant Problems – causes and cures
Perennial Anemones suffer from a variety of plant diseases. Aphids, beetles, and slugs are common pests. If insect or disease problems occur, treat early with organic or chemical insect repellents and fungicide.