Anemone – A Plant of the Ranunculus Family
Anemone flowers are the members of Ranunculus family. They thrive in woodland gardens and can give color boost to any shady landscape. These flowers are favorite of everyone from florists to brides. These flowers add vibrant shades to the garden and add elegance to various flower arrangements. These flowers are perennial herbs and are more or less deeply cut leaves.
Anemos is a Greek word for wind thus it is called wind flower. They are native to many European countries, North America and Japan. Wind flower signifies that the wind that blows blow away the dead petals from the bloom.
The Greek word for Anemone is wind and that’s why it is called wind flower. They symbolize love and fragileness.
Uses of Anemone
- Anemone is used as treatment for cramps, emotional distress and menstrual problems.
- They are grown well in containers.
- It is also used to cure gout, stomach problems and nausea.
- It is a combination of both poison and medicine.
- They are also used as center pieces for the flower arrangements in weddings and other such occasions.
- The plant is poisonous to humans through are used as medicines.
- Buttercup Anemone is a yellow wood anemone and is a similar plant with yellow color.
- The most popular flowers are Japanese Anemone.
- Fruits of this plant have long hairy styles and their distribution is further done by wind.
- Flowers produced are cup shaped of yellow, white, purple, violet and red flowers.
- Varieties of Anemone are spring flowering type that has rhizomes or tubers, Tuberous Mediterranean in spring and summer and Larger Fall flowering type that have fibrous roots and blooms in late summer till fall.
- The flowers come in white, red, blue and yellow colors.
- Some of the Anemone species are invasive.
- They should be grown in well drained soil and the soil should also be moderately fertile in a sunny location.
- They require partial shade.
- It tolerates acid soil.
- It grows poorly in summer drought if not watered regularly and exposed to wet winters and windy sites.
How to Plant?
- Most Anemones are planted in fall.
- For Tuberous Anemone separate the tubers in summer when the plant is dormant.
- For Rhizomatous Anemone separate the rhizomes in spring.
- And for fibrous roots separate the plant in autumn or spring but keep it in the pot for the year.
- You can also plant them through tubers, you just have to soak the tubers overnight and they will have shoots grown.
- Grow them 4 inches deep and 6 inches apart so that they do not lay up one over another.
Maintenance & Care
- Water the plant regularly in the first growing season so that it will have an extensive root system.
- Initially they are given well care and attention.
- For beautiful appearance remove the old foliage and leaves.
- Cut them back to the ground in late autumn so they shoot away again Spring.