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ANEMONE vitifolia

Image of Anemone vitifolia

Family

Ranunculaceae

Botanical Name

ANEMONE vitifolia

Plant Common Name

Grapeleaf Anemone, Vine Anemone

General Description

Even when its pale pink fall flowers are not in bloom, the fuzzy grapeleaf anemone has visually appealing foliage. All across the highland grassland slopes of Central China this herbaceous perennial wildflower prospers. It forms a clump of attractive leaves that rise from semi-woody rhizomes. Plants spread over time to create large clumps.

The attractive compound leaves are rich green and comprised of three to five ternate leaflets with jagged lobes and toothed edges. The attractive leaves have "tomentose" white woolly undersides. Flowering occurs from late midsummer to mid-autumn. Upright, fuzzy, branched stems tower above the foliage and bear clusters of light pink blossoms, each with five or six petals. A crown of yellow stamens punctuates each flower center. Insects pollinate the flowers and the fruits are fuzzy achenes that get caught in the wind and carried away by winter.

Grow fuzzy grapeleaf anemone in a moist, fertile, well-drained soil that is rich with organic matter. Avoid lean sandy soils. This anemone grows well in neutral soils leaning on both the acid or alkaline end, so it's not too picky. In cooler climates it will prosper in partial to nearly full sun, but it's best placed in partial shade. It is most at home in marge mixed borders, bright woodland gardens or wildflower meadows. Spring or fall division may be necessary for specimens grown in smaller garden spaces.

Several cultivated varieties are available. The elegant rose-pink blooms of 'Rose Beauty' have pale pink edges and 'Albadura' offers loads of large, palest pink blooms with golden centers.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

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

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Width

    4'-5' / 1.2m - 1.5m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Tolerances

    Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Light Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Gray Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Gray 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

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

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

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No