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Anemone x hybrida

Description

Hybrid anemones or windflowers are herbaceous perennials in the  Ranunculaceae (buttercup) family. They grow 1- 1.5 feet tall and up to 3 feet tall when in bloom. Windflowers spread by rhizomes and make a good ground cover when given room to spread. In milder climates, they can be nearly evergreen. It has a mounding habit and the flowers come in various colors, are held above the foliage on wiry stems, blooming from late summer to fall.

Windflowers prefer moist but well-drained and fertile soils that are not allowed to dry out.  Avoid planting in wet soils. In the south, they will do best in part shade to prevent burning the foliage and drying out. In the north, they will do best with mulching well for winter. They may be slow to establish.

Use this plant as a ground cover, in borders, naturalized areas or mass plantings.

Insects. Diseases and Other Plant Problems:  Flea beetles, caterpillars, and slugs are occasional pests.  Susceptible to Synchytrium leaf gall, downy mildew, Septoria leaf spot, powdery mildew, and some viruses. Taller plants may need some staking or other support.

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Anemone
    Family:
    Ranunculaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Root Cutting
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 6 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Erect
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Achene
    Fruit Description:
    Seedheads form from the green center of the flowers (originally the bud). This does not always appear, but if it does, the seedhead may be seen after frost. While this part is a seedhead, seeds do not usually form from it.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Cup
    Saucer
    Flower Petals:
    7 - 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Saucer to cup-shaped flowers have 6-9 overlapping tepals and numerous bright yellow stamens in a ring surrounding a chartreuse center. The tepals can be white, pink and purple and 2-3 inches across.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Palmatifid
    Leaf Margin:
    Lobed
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Description:
    The oval trifoliate, palmate, toothed dark green basal leaves are lightly covered with fine hairs.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Wiry green stems
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Naturalized Area
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Cutting Garden
    Rain Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Small groups
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Rabbits
    Salt
    Problems:
    Contact Dermatitis