Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
James H. Schutte
ANEMONE hupehensis var. japonica
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.
Several cultivars are available, including the rosy-pink flowered 'Prinz Heinrich' and larger-flowered, pure pink 'Pamina'.
8 - 5
5 - 8
2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
2'-5' / 0.6m - 1.5m
3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m
Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
White, Purple, Pink
Cutflower, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower
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