Grecian Windflower
Anemone blanda

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Anemone (uh-NEM-oh-nee) (Info)
Species: blanda (BLAN-duh) (Info)
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Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Perennials

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Pink

Rose/Mauve

Light Blue

Medium Blue

Dark Blue

Blue-Violet

Violet/Lavender

Purple

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Cos Cob, Connecticut

Cherry Valley, Illinois

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Park Ridge, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Jeffersonville, Indiana

Hebron, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Sumner, Maine

Hersey, Michigan

Lansing, Michigan

Okemos, Michigan

Pinconning, Michigan

Piedmont, Missouri

Munsonville, New Hampshire

Morristown, New Jersey

Alden, New York

Pine City, New York

Bucyrus, Ohio

Cincinnati, Ohio

Dublin, Ohio

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Wynnewood, Pennsylvania

Conway, South Carolina

Hermitage, Tennessee

Salt Lake City, Utah

Blacksburg, Virginia

Hood, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Madison, Wisconsin

Kinnear, Wyoming

Riverton, Wyoming

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Gardeners' Notes:

8
positives
3
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Jan 23, 2015, sladeofsky from Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

An easy to grow woodland flower. However I made a huge mistake two years ago. I reasoned that since they are zone 5 hardy, I could plant them more shallowly to encourage them to bloom early. All of that years planting died in the unusually harsh winter. So stick with the recommended 6" planting depth. Another word of warning, the bulbs tend to rot if planted upside down...the dented side is the top. They cannot simply be thrown in the hole. Other than that, they are easy and lovely Spring flowers. The look great with miniature daffodils.

Positive

On Mar 30, 2012, Clary from Lewisburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I'm very glad I planted windflowers. They are planted under some shrubs and bring a great pop of color to the area without a lot of height or leafiness. The daisy form is a cheerful contrast to the bulbs blooming at this time of year.

Positive

On Mar 27, 2012, Iambe69 from Park Ridge, IL wrote:

I have heavy clay soil, and I planted these last Fall after soaking the bulbs in water. The bulbs were the packaged type from a big-box store. Each has sprung up, with multiple blue and white flowers (no pinks, although the package indicated pink, as well). The blues showed up first. They are absolutely stunning, especially the blues. Although they are very tiny flowers, you can see the patches of blue from the street and can tell that they're adorable. The flowers close at night and reopen in the morning. I have not given them any special care, other than the initial soaking of the bulbs, and they are doing great. Looking forward to seeing them multiply in years to come.

Positive

On May 24, 2009, anelson77 from Seattle, WA wrote:

i have these in dryish part shade. They have been steadily multiplying, and providing dainty blue flowers in March.

Neutral

On Jan 23, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

I've had these for a number of years and they've never really done much or were very impressive. I've recently cleared out the area, so maybe they'll do a little better now. In my area, they bloom in April. The information on them that I have says that they are hardy in zones 5-10.

Positive

On Oct 21, 2004, Tiarella from Tunnel Hill, GA (Zone 7a) wrote:

These tiny flowers are only 2-3 inches tall, but their many large blooms are welcome at the end of February or early March and bloom for about a month. I have mine planted in a hosta bed, so I have blue color to fill the area before the hostas emerge. The blue and the white are the best colors. The pink leans toward a muddy pale purple.

Positive

On Jun 7, 2004, allandown from Red Deer
Canada wrote:

we find this plant hardy in the the eastern slopes of the Rockies NW of Calgary AB, Canada if it gets reasonable snow cover. Looks great at the front of the border in a mix with yellow violas.

Positive

On Aug 4, 2003, Ladyfern from Jeffersonville, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

Cutest little flowers bloom a long time beginning in March. Takes several years to bloom from seed.

Positive

On Jul 12, 2003, Toxicodendron from Piedmont, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

I adore this little flower. I planted several bulbs many years ago and now it pops up wherever it pleases from seeds dispersed by wind, birds, or other methods. It grows in accumulated leaf mulch on top of weed barrier/plastic most often (around perennials and trees), and also mingles with my English Ivy. Blooms early, then disappears. Totally maintenance free.

Neutral

On Apr 4, 2003, walkerh from Guntersville, AL wrote:

Blooms mid-February in zone 7 (USDA). Young bulbs are rather small and can easily be mistaken for clumps of soil, size increases slowly with age. Will freely self-sow. Seed heads are held above the leaves, making collection rather easy.

Neutral

On Apr 25, 2001, kat7 from Bloomingdale, NJ (Zone 6a) wrote:

perennial with tuberous or fibrous roots. Poisonous if ingested. Hardy bulb. Bright, multicolored poppy-like flowers. Low growing with sky blue, pink, red or white flowers. HEIGHT-3-6" SPACE-8-12" SOWING-sow indoors 2 mnths before last frost. seeds need light to germinate-cover sparsely. Germination in 21-28 days at 65-70F. PLANT in full sun to part shade in well-drained soil amended with lots of organic matter. Prefers cool growing conditions.