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Anemone hupehensis var. japonica

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Anemone (uh-NEM-oh-nee) (Info)
Species: hupehensis var. japonica

5 members have or want this plant for trade.


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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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:
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
Pale Yellow
Medium Blue
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds

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6 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive soldiersong On Oct 25, 2010, soldiersong from North Plains, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:

Lovely easy care perennial, however, it does spread. My first weeding of the shade garden each spring involves a lot of pulling of volunteers. Happily many people want these, so I pot them up for our local garden club plant sale. In this area, I am confident that, unchecked this plant would take over a large area. Easy to remove volunteers, though, and worth it for the graceful, lovely flowers from fall into winter.

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

This plant is valuable because it provides a lot of showy, pretty flowers in late summer, in the shade, even dry shade. Therefore I tolerate its invasive ways. It takes a fair amount of persistence to keep it under control, and I can only grow it with other vigorous plants, but on the plus side it quickly fills in any gaps that develop.

Positive marsviolet On Dec 29, 2006, marsviolet from Stockholm
Sweden wrote:

If this plant is sheltered sufficiently from strong winds it will maintain its interesting seedheads all winter.

Positive sterhill On Apr 4, 2005, sterhill from Atlanta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Atlanta - lovely plant blooms late summer when everything else is looking tired - I use hoops to support the flowers - some spikes reach over 4' tall!

I find this plant invasive as it spreads by underground runners. I let a couple of colonies bush out and ruthlessly hunt down the new ones. Because this plant is so lovely - has beautiful foliage also - I am willing to do the work of pulling out the babies. But be aware!

Mine are in mostly sun with late afternoon shade.

Neutral SalmonMe On Apr 3, 2005, SalmonMe from Springboro, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Wet conditions in winter can rot plant, well-draining soil is key. Spring plant, fall transplanting can kill the plant. Susceptible to damage from both Japanese and Black Blister beetles. An established plant can be very long-lived, but losses often occur in young plantings.

Positive Dea On Aug 22, 2004, Dea from Frederick, MD (Zone 6a) wrote:

Dark purple/black stems and non-stop bloomer from late August through September. Very tidy and non-demanding perennial.

Ours is in full sun, so the pink color may be darker if in the recommended partial shade.

Positive Glenheadland On Jun 29, 2004, Glenheadland from Wokingham
United Kingdom wrote:

A real beaut! Likes free draining soil and lots of organic matter. Mulch generously to preserve moisture and maintain cool root system.


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

Fremont, California
Long Beach, California
Mendocino, California
Merced, California
Sacramento, California
Windsor, California
Bloomington, Indiana
Springboro, Ohio
North Plains, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Springfield, Virginia
Cathan, Washington

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