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How to Grow Anemone Sylvestris Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Snowdrop Anemony

Anemone sylvestris is a perennial, flowering groundcover that is a part of the Ranunculaceae family of plants.

It also goes by the common names Snowdrop anemone and Snowdrop windflower.

Anemone sylvestris is often used as a floral groundcover to give visual interest in gardens, under bushes, or along bed borders.

Snowdrop anemony
Snowdrop Anemone photograph by daryl_mitchell.


The perennial can grow up to 18 inches tall (45 cm), and the dark green foliage can spread out 12 - 18 inches (30 to 45 cm) from the root of the plant.

Cup-shaped, white flowers that can reach up to 2 inches wide (5 cm), bloom in early spring to late summer, and bring fragrance to the groundcover.

The blooms give way to white, wool-like seed heads during the summer, and repeat blooms can occur in the cooler weather of the fall.

Gardener's HQ Anemone sylvestris Growing Guide

Anemone sylvestris is best grown in hardiness zones 3 to 8 and prefers to be planted in an area that is partial to fully shaded.

It requires a medium amount of water and spreads quickest in moist, sandy soils.

It is recommended that the plant be grown in soil that is between a sandy and clay-like consistency; this can help to prevent it from spreading too aggressively.

The Anemone sylvestris plant reproduces through its underground root systems but can be manually spread by division in the early spring.

A low-maintenance plant, anemone sylvestris, needs only to be pruned for border clean-up, or cut back to the basal foliage after it blooms to promote another round of flowers in the summer or the early fall.

Anemone sylvestris Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Anemone sylvestris
  • Common Name: Snowdrop anemony
  • Growing Zone: USA: 3 to 9: UK H6 (–20°C).
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Perennial

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 12 to 21
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 12 to 21
  • Time of Bloom: Late spring through early summer
  • Flower Details: White
  • Leaf Foliage: Green
  • Fruit:
  • Growth Form: Upright / erect

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Partially shady to full sunlight
  • Rate of Growth: Quick
  • Suitable Soil Types: Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Well drained
  • Soil Moisture: Dry to Moist (Medium Moisture is likely gives best results)

Caring Conditions

  • Care:
  • Level of Maintenance: Low
  • Propagation: By division in the early spring
  • How to Prune: Cut back after flowering
  • Pests: May be damaged by eelworms,slugsand caterpillars
  • Diseases: May be infected by powdery mildews

Further Information

  • Can Attract:
  • Tolerant of: Deer, Heavy Shade
  • Best Garden Use: Border, En masse , Woodland garden
  • Family: Ranunculaceae.
  • Closely Related Species: Aconitum, Adonis, Clematis, Consolida, Eranthis, Helleborus, Nigella, Ranunculus, and Trollius.
  • Miscellaneous: Attractive foliage, Non-native to North America, Invasive, Naturalizing, Suitable for cut flowers, Fragrant flowers, Attractive flowers / blooms
  • Genus Detail: Anemone
  • Further Reading and References: Here and Here

I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Anemone sylvestris. You may also enjoy the following Gardener's HQ growing guides: How to grow Larkspur and Thalictrum plants.



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