Commonly called the Grecian windflower, Anemone blanda is a winter flowering perennial that grow from a tuber, rather than an actual bulb.
The flowers vary greatly in colour from violet blues to whites and pink. Being a woodland plant they prefer a position in dappled shade or morning sun and some afternoon shade. The hotter the climate the more afternoon shade is recommended.
They grow naturally in a humus rich moist soil, clay soils should be ammended with good amounts of humus and compost to open up the soil structure.
Once they are established the tubers will naturally spread and form a carpet not only with the flowers but with the feathery foliage as well.
How to grow Anemone Blanda
- Choose a position with light afternoon shade.
- Dig soil over well amending with organic matter if required. – Use compost, leaf mold or other organic material.
- Plant the tubers at around 6cm (2 inches) deep. Space at around 6 – 8 cm.
- Water in well with a liquid seaweed fertilser.
- Lightly mulch.
- Add a thin layer of mulch each year in summer after the plants have died back.
- Provide extra water in dry spring periods.