How To Succeed Growing Anemone blanda In The Spring Flower Garden


Anemone blanda is also known as the Greek windflower or Greek anemone which should tell you pretty quickly where it calls home.

This is an excellent plant for the rock garden or under deciduous shrubs.


Bloomtime

This very pretty plant blooms first thing in the spring with white, blue, pink or mauve color flowers.

Planting


Plant the base of the tuber 2 inches deep and each plant should be planted 2-3 inches from any other bulb.


anemone blanda

Anemone blanda mix

Blooming


The ferny foliage supports a wonderful daisy-like flower that will blow you away in the early spring but then the foliage itself disappears after it has gathered enough energy for next year's flowers.

Fading to Brown


Because the foliage will fade to brown and then disappear, you might be tempted to think it's dead - this really means don't panic when the foliage fades to brown, the plant isn't dead (we hope) :-)

anemone blanda

Anemone blanda

Hardiness


The hardiness of this bulb bedevils me because it is only hardy to -5C or 23F. This is a little too cool for most of my zone 4 winters in an unmulched garden.

I believe you're going to need a solid 5 or even a 6 to overwinter this plant reliably.


anemone blanda

Anemone blanda 'Pink Star'

Growing Tip


I'm told by those who grow them that if you give them a full sun to part shade location in well-drained soils, they will self sow to form a carpet of spring color. The plant tolerates summer drought very well but wants its moisture in the spring and fall. Give them a humus rich soil if you want to see them grow very strongly.

Book cover spring bulbs

Here are the commonly available varieties:


'BlueShades': light to dark blue shades
'Charmer':deep-pink
'PinkStar':pink
'Radar':deep-pink with white
'White Splendour': pure white
‘Rose' rose-pink flowers



anemone blanda

Anemone blanda 'Radar'

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