Plant of the Month for February, 2020

 (Uh-NEM-oh-nee  BLAN-duh)

General Information:

Anemone blanda is a fairly common spring bulb that produces a big display of flowers. It is low growing and can be tucked under trees for a nice display, or grown with other small spring bulbs like Muscari. It is best purchased and planted in fall but you can find pots of it in spring at some nurseries.

Anemone blanda by Robert Pavlis

Anemone blanda:photo by Robert Pavlis

This plant is called a bulb, a corm and a tuber. It is black, irregularly shaped and does not look much like anything. I suspect that it is properly called a tuber. They are usually sold very dry and it is a good idea to soak them overnight before planting. You really can’t tell which way is up, so just drop them in a planting hole. Bulbs, corms and tubers don’t really care if they are planted upside down.

Anemone blanda by Robert Pavlis

Anemone blanda:photo by Robert Pavlis

They grow well in full sun but prefer part shade in hot climates. The common colors are blue, pink and white. I especially like the clear white color.

Anemone blanda by Robert Pavlis

Anemone blanda:photo by Robert Pavlis

Their common names include windflower and Grecian windflower, although they don’t do as well in a windy location. They will naturalize over time. At the end of their growing season, which is around mid-summer, the leaves die back and they go underground.

Life Cycle: tuberous perennial

Height: 12cm (5in)

Bloom Time: spring

Natural Range: Southeast Europe, Cyprus, Turkey, Caucasus

Habitat: sunny dry slopes

Synonyms:  n/a

 

Cultivation:

Light: sun to part shade

Soil: well drained

Water: average, moist during the growing season.

USDA Hardiness Zone: - 10

Propagation: seed, division

Seedex availability (ORG&HPS annual Seed Exchange): occasionally

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Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Robert Pavlis