Anemone blanda

windflower

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Outstanding Qualities

This charming bulb blooms in early spring with daisy-like flowers in shades of rose, white, and an intense purplish indigo. The plants, with lovely fern-like foliage, grow from 4 to 12 inches tall, depending on the variety. Plant them en masse for a swath of early color in March and April. Flowers and foliage die back relatively quickly so plant perennials that tend to emerge later in May or early June to fill the area.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: narrow bulb

Foliage Type: deciduous

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

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Flower Color: lavender

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established

Seasonal Interest: captivating daisy-like flowers in early spring

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: orange, red, silver

Great Color Partners: blue, green, purple, white

Culture Notes
Best in full sun, but light shade is acceptable. However, more sun equals more flowers! No special soil required; however, it should be well-drained. These grow and flower in early spring when the soil is typically moist so watering is generally not necessary. If the weather doesn't provide adequate moisture, water as needed to keep the soil hydrated. After flowering the foliage dies back before the dry period and the tuberous rhizomes go dormant so they are drought tolerant through the summer.