Anemone hupehensis is a flowering plant that makes gardens come alive in late summer to early fall.
With this blooming cycle, it can be used to usher welcome color to gardens when many other flowers are fading away.
Commonly known as the Wind plant (because of the way its dainty blossoms sway in the breeze), Japanese anemone and Japanese thimbleweed, Anemone hupehensis is a perennial in the buttercup family.
Anemone hupehensis (zawilec japo_ski) photograph by Waldemar Jan.
It is adorned with delicate, poppy-like flowers in luminous shades of lavender, pink, orange, red, ivory and pure white, perched on long, slender stems.
The Japanese anemone typically grows from two-and-a-half feet to five feet tall (75 to 150 cm) and has a spread of two to four feet (60 to 120 cm).
Japanese anemones look charming grouped together, rambling in woodland gardens and planted in back borders and around pathways.
They may take a little time to acclimate after planting, but it’s worth the wait. Once they bloom, they will do so every year thereafter during their entire flowering season.
Wind plants are relatively low-maintenance. They’re typically planted from bare rootstocks spaced 20 inches (50 cm) apart so they can spread.
Once established, the plants will spread extensively, forming thick clumps. Taller plants will need staking to keep them upright.
Japanese anemones enjoy full sunlight to partial shade. They flourish in well-drained soil that must be kept moist and fortified with compost.
A layer of mulch will keep the soil cool and moist. The plants are not fussy about soil pH, and bone meal can be added for extra nutrients.
Prune the plants down to the soil level in late fall to make them winter-ready.
Anemone hupehensis are hardy plants that are resistant to most bugs and diseases. They are generally tolerant of deer and rabbits.