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ANEMONE hupehensis 'Little Princess'

Image of Anemone hupehensis 'Little Princess' PP19670

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Family

Ranunculaceae

Botanical Name

ANEMONE hupehensis 'Little Princess' PP19670

Plant Common Name

Chinese Anemone, Little Princess Anemone

General Description

Noted for its delicate pale pink flowers, heavy flowering and uniformly mounded habit, 'Little Princess' was discovered as a sport of Anemone hupehensis 'Praecox' in The Netherlands in 2002. The petals of this floriferous variety often have smears of deep rose.

Producing a wealth of saucer-shaped blooms in late-summer or fall, Chinese anemone is best known in gardens by its colorful hybrids and the double-flowered variety japonica. This late-blooming herbaceous perennial is native to China. In the wild, populations inhabit grasslands, streamsides and scrub in hilly regions. The plants form clumps that spread over time via rhizomes, sometimes invasively.

The attractive compound leaves are rich green, fuzzy and comprised of three to five ternate leaflets with jagged lobes and toothed edges. They are supported by equally fuzzy branched petioles. Flowering occurs from late summer to fall. Tall, wiry, branched flower stems give rise to clusters of bulbous buds that open to show saucer-shaped purple, pink, or white flowers. Each bloom has five to more than 20 sepal-like petals. A crown of golden stamens punctuates the lightly scented blooms which attract both bees and butterflies. The fruits are hairy achenes that ripen by winter and float away in the wind.

This beautiful perennial grows best in well-drained soil and partial shade. It spreads vigorously in fertile, moist, humus-rich soil. Use it in mixed borders or along a woodland edge. In smaller garden spaces, the spreading plants may need to be divided regularly in spring or fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting and look beautiful arranged with long-stemmed mums and goldenrod.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade

  • Height

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Light Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Edging, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes