How to Grow Anemone blanda Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Winter Windflower

Anemone blanda, commonly known as the Grecian windflower, is a daisy-like tuberous perennial, and a spring-blooming member of the anemone family.

They are low-maintenance, and have perky flowers that generally appear in shades of white and blue (also in pinks and purples) with a yellow center.

They form an abundant, colorful mat when planted under shrubs and deciduous trees and are a welcome addition to flower beds, paths and borders.

Winter windflower
Oosterse anemoon (Anemone blanda) photograph by Esther Westerveld.

Grecian windflowers also do well on patios as potted plants or in window boxes.

They make beautiful bouquets and will add off-season color to your home if grown indoors.

Their fern-like green leaves consist of three lobes and their blooms, typically about two inches in diameter, appear mid-spring and will seemingly gift your garden with weeks of color.

Gardener's HQ Anemone blanda Growing Guide

Native to the mountains of Europe, Anemone blanda performs best in hardiness zones 4 to 9.

Bulbs should be planted in the fall about one to two inches (2.5 to 5 cm) deep in moist, well-drained soils, in an area receiving full or partial sun.

If you are concerned about their survival over a harsh winter, protect them with a layer of added mulch.

For a colourful mat, plant bulbs in clusters of 20 or more. These windflowers grow to a maximum height of four to six inches.

Grecian wildflowers are naturally self-sowing, but propagation may be enhanced through dividing clusters in the spring or summer.

Regularly dead-heading flowers will also improve Anemone blanda blooms.

Popular varieties of this striking, self-sowing perennial include the "Blue Star" (blue petals); "White Splendor" (white petals); and the "Pink Charmer" (rose or pink petals).

Anemone blanda Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Anemone blanda
  • Common Name: Winter windflower
  • Growing Zone: USA: 4 to 8; UK H6 (–20°C).
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Perennial

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 3 to 6
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 3 to 6
  • Time of Bloom: Early spring, Mid spring
  • Flower Details: Blue, Pink, White
  • Leaf Foliage: Green
  • Fruit:
  • Growth Form: Spreading / horizontal

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Full sunlight
  • Rate of Growth: Average pace
  • Suitable Soil Types: Neutral, Sandy, Well drained
  • Soil Moisture: Dry to Moist (Medium Moisture is likely gives best results)

Caring Conditions

  • Care:
  • Level of Maintenance: Low
  • Propagation: Seed, sowing them in containers in a cold frame when ripe or separate rhizomes in summer when dormant
  • How to Prune: Not usually required
  • Pests: Susceptible to leaf and bud eelworms and damage fromslugs
  • Diseases: May be infected by powdery mildews

Further Information

  • Can Attract:
  • Tolerant of: Deer, Black Walnut
  • Best Garden Use: Alpine garden, Border, Container, Ground cover, En masse , Rock garden
  • Family: Ranunculaceae.
  • Closely Related Species: Aconitum, Adonis, Clematis, Consolida, Eranthis, Helleborus, Nigella, Ranunculus, and Trollius.

  • Miscellaneous: Attractive foliage, Non-native to North America, Naturalizing, Some parts are poisonous, Attracts butterflies, Suitable for cut flowers
  • Genus Detail: Anemone
  • Further Reading and References: Here and Here

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