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ANEMONE blanda 'Blue Shades'

Image of Anemone blanda 'Blue Shades'

James H. Schutte

Family

Ranunculaceae

Botanical Name

ANEMONE blanda 'Blue Shades'

Plant Common Name

Blue Greek Thimbleweed, Grecian Windflower, Greek Thimbleweed

General Description

A selection of Grecian windflower, ‘Blue Shades’ is a ground-hugging hardy perennial that blooms showily in early spring with upward-facing daisy-like blue flowers that have gold centers. Descended from a native of Turkey and southeastern Europe, it is a spring ephemeral that grows and flowers quickly and goes dormant quickly, living on in its small black tubers. The soft, ferny, slightly hair leaves emerge in early spring and are soon followed by the short flower stems.

Grow this perennial in partial sun to partial shade and humusy, well-drained soil, as a groundcover in beds and borders or in a woodland. Pair it with other spring bloomers such as early daffodils and snowdrops.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    2"-8" / 5.1cm - 20.3cm

  • Width

    4"-6" / 10.2cm - 15.2cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring

  • Native To

    Eastern Europe, Southern Europe

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Blue, Gold, Blue Violet

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No