Anemone Species, Japanese Anemone, Japanese Windflower, Japanese Thimbleweed, Thimbleflower

Anemone scabiosa

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Anemone (uh-NEM-oh-nee) (Info)
Species: scabiosa (skab-ee-OH-suh) (Info)
Synonym:Anemone nipponica
Synonym:Anemone sieboldii



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


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:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From softwood cuttings

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds


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

Buckfield, Maine

Pownal, Maine

Springboro, Ohio

North Plains, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Springfield, Virginia

Cathan, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.