Anemone blanda

Family: Ranunculaceae
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 centers 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 naturalize 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:

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

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