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ANEMONE hupehensis 'Prinz Heinrich'

Image of Anemone hupehensis var. japonica 'Prinz Heinrich'

Jesse Saylor

Family

Ranunculaceae

Botanical Name

ANEMONE hupehensis var. japonica 'Prinz Heinrich'

Plant Common Name

Japanese Anemone, Prinz Heinrich Japanese Anemone

General Description

The colorful 'Prinz Heinrich' bears clusters of rounded, frilly, purple-pink flowers on tall, wiry stems from late summer into fall. Introduced in 1902 and still widely grown, 'Prinz Heinrich' received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit due to its exceptional garden performance and beautiful flowers.

Popular in cultivation, Anemone hupehensis variety japonica is a late-blooming herbaceous perennial native to China and Japan. It is distinguished from Anemone hupehensis in that it has semi-double rather than single flowers. The plants form clumps that spread over time, sometimes invasively.

Japanese anemone has fuzzy compound leaves of rich green that are 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 has multiple petals, and a crown of golden stamens punctuates the centers of the 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

    5 - 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

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Width

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    China, Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Purple, 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

    Double

  • 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, Groundcover, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No