Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

Plant of the Week: Japanese Anemone

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Seasonal garden centers are beginning to pop up throughout the Cedar Valley.  And as soon as Mother Nature realizes it is supposed to be SPRING(!!), they will be filled with annuals and perennials for our gardens.  As you go about choosing your new plants, I encourage you to think about the upcoming seasons – what will be blooming late summer and autumn in your garden?

I know, I know….I should be slapped for even mentioning autumn.  But now is the best time to think of seasonal color as you begin purchasing new plants.  When autumn does roll around, you’ll be happy to see this sweet flower greeting you.

Scientific Name: Anemone hupehensis

In warmer climates, there are also spring and summer-blooming anemones.  Common spring-blooming anemones include A. blanda, A. hortensis and A. fulgens.   A common summer-blooming anemone is A. coronaria.

Common Name:  Japanese Anemone

Family:  Ranunculaceae

The Ranunculacea family also includes pasque flower (Pulsatilla vulgaris), clematis (Clematis sp.) and larkspur (Delphinium sp.).

The photo shows a pink Japanese anemone blooming in September in the Arboretum’s Display Gardens.  This fall bloomer also comes in whites and differing shades of pink.  The hardy perennial grows 1-3 feet tall and wide and grows best in full sun or part shade.  The delicate petals with yellow center grow on slender stems above mounding foliage.  Grown in zone 4-8, Japanese anemone does best in well-drained, moderately fertile soil.

See you in the gardens.

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Written by cedarvalleyarboretum

April 26, 2011 at 8:33 pm

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