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