This is a genus of about 120 species that are native to the temperate zones of the world. They are closely related to the plants in the genus, Pulsatilla and the genus Hepatica. The name comes from the Greek word for "wind". Anemone was the Greek goddess who was the daughter of the wind. An old myth said the plant only blooms when it is windy.

There are several different forms of anemome which are commonly used in the landscape. Several such as windflowers, poppy anemone and pasqueflowers are spring blooming plants. Others such as Japanese anemone and grape leaf anemone are much larger plants that bloom in the autumn.

A. apennina Apennine Anemone
A. baldensis Moraine Anemone
A. blanda Greek Anemone
A. canadensis Meadow Anemone
A. caroliniana Carolina Anemone
A. coronaria Poppy Anemone
A. drummondii Drummond's Anemone
A. x fulgens Flame Anemone
A. halleri HaIler Anemone
A. hortensis Garden Anemone
A. hupehensis Dwarf Japanese Anemone
A. hupehensis var japonica Japanese Anemone
A. x hybrida Hybrid Anemone
A. japonica = A. hupehensis var japonica
A. leveillei  
A. nemorosa European Wood Anemone
A. palmata Mediterranean Anemone
A. patens Spreading Pasqueflower
A. pulsatilla European Pasqueflower
A. quinquefolia American Wood Anemone
A. ranunculoides Yellow Wood Anemone
A. robustissima Grape-leaved Anemone
A. sylvestris Snowdrop Anemone
A. tomentosa Grape Leaf Anemone
A. tuberosa Tuber Anemone
A. virginiana Virginia Anemone
A. vitifolia Grapeleaf Anemone

Tuberous # of
A. blanda 6-8 Y 9-14 Blue Early Spring
A. canadensis 12-24 N 4-5 white Spring
A. coronas 7-15 Y 6-20 Various Early Spring
A. x hybrida 30-48 N 6-11 white, pink Fall
A. x lessen 15-18 N 5-8 Rosy red Early Summer
A. nuzgellaniea 6-8 N 5-10 white Early Spring
A. nemerosa 6-8 N 5-9 white Spring
A. sylvestnis 10-18 N 5-8 white Spring
A. vitifolia 18-36 N 5-7 white, pink Fall

* Guides and Keys are from the book "Herbaceous Perennial Plants A Treatise on their Identification, Culture and Garden Attributes" by Dr Allan M. Armitage of the University of Georgia. Varsity Press, Athens, Georgia. 1989 ISBN 0-942375-00. More on Dr Armitage and his other books.


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