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ANEMONE blanda

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Felder Rushing

Family

Ranunculaceae

Botanical Name

ANEMONE blanda

Plant Common Name

Grecian Windflower, Greek Thimbleweed

General Description

Grecian windflower is a diminutive spring ephemeral from southeastern Europe. In early spring its cheerful, daisy-like flowers appear on compact stems above triads of ferny three-parted leaves. The solitary blooms open wide in bright sun to reveal a central eye of yellow stamens. A white halo may rim the flower's center. Soon after bloom, plants die back for the season. They are borne from underground tuberous rhizomes that spread to form clumps. The tubers are black and irregularly shaped.

This sun-loving, wind-tolerant perennial is great for naturalizing in open woodland beds or exposed borders with well-drained, average soil. In addition to spreading by tubers, plants self-sow. Cultivars may interbreed and produce less colorful, hybrid seedlings. Grecian windflowers may also be planted in containers, brought indoors and forced into winter bloom.

There are many colorful windflower cultivars available. Some of the more exceptional selections are the fair, blue plants in the Blue Shades mix and pink-flowered 'Charmer'.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    3"-7" / 7.6cm - 17.8cm

  • Width

    4"-6" / 10.2cm - 15.2cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Late Winter

  • 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

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Blue, Pink, Blue Violet

  • 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

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

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

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes