Anemone coronaria

Anemone coronaria or Windflower is a single flowering bulb that is fairly tender (anything less than 28F soil temperature kills it) so in a USDA zone 4, it is considered an annual.

Two Varieties


The corms are divided into two varieties - the 'De Caen' or single flowers and the 'St Brigid' or double flowered varieties.

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Anemone coronaria 'Governor'

Planting


The flowers of both single and double varieties are usually blues, reds, pinks and whites and with a spring planting, you'll see flowers in June through August that stick up 12 to 18” tall. Plant them 2-3 inches deep (to the base of the corm) and approximately 3 -5 inches apart.

They prefer full sun although they will grow nicely in a lightly shaded area. Shelter from winds is preferred and if you're going to try overwintering, place them in a very sheltered and warm location. Do ensure the soil is well-drained as this anemone does not like excessively damp soils.

Two Tips for Success


There are two tips I can give you to increase your success with this plant. The first is to soak the corm in warm water for a few hours before planting. This helps to get it growing.

And secondly, I can almost guarantee you're going to ask which side of this bit of shoe leather is "up". Plant it on its edge if you're not sure (and you won't be).

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Anemone coronaria 'Mr Fokker'

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Common Varieties


Anemone De Caen:


'Hollandia' - red
'Mr. Fokker' - blue
'Sylphide' - purple
'Bride' - white

Anemone St. Brigid:


'Governor' - red
'Admiral' - purple
'Lord Lieutenant' - blue
'Mount Everest' - white



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Anemone coronaria De Caen

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