Anemone nemorosa

wood anemone

Outstanding Qualities

This low growing, spreading colonizer is a delight in the early spring landscape. In late winter finely cut foliage emerges followed by brightly colored single flowers in shades of blue, purple, pink or white. Given time impressive carpets can form, creating quite a spring display. In early summer the foliage dies down to make room for later flowering plants.

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Waldsteinia ternata, Narcissus ‘Mount Hood’, Pulmonaria ‘Benediction’, Ribes sanguineum, Viburnum carlesii ‘Aurora’, Blechnum penna-marina

Great Color Contrasts: chartreuse, yellow, bronze

Great Color Partners: pink, blue, purple, white

Culture Notes

Wood anemone adapts to a wide range of soils including sand and clay, but prefers a well-drained location. Flowering is most profuse in full sun to light or open shade. New leaves emerge in late winter and remain until mid-summer. When foliage begins to yellow and die back it can be cut to the ground. It is drought tolerant and remains dormant during the dry summer weather. Underground rhizomes can be divided from early summer to late winter.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: spreading perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 0 ft. 6 in. (0.15 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Flower Color: pink, white, lavender

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light to open shade

Water Requirements: drought tolerant