Anemone blanda (also called Windflower)
Tuberous, low-growing, spring flowering perennial with daisy-like blue flowers. Good for early spring colour and ground cover. Also suitable for containers. Attractive to insects.
Flowers in spring.
Habit - spreading, with flowers held above leaves. H: up to 10cm S: up to 15cm.
Stems - slender, semi-erect, slightly hairy, rounded, purplish.
Leaves - rounded edges, divided into 3-5 lobed leaflets. Dark green.
Flowers - flattish, upward facing, flower, up to 5cm across, with 9-14 blue petals and yellow stamens.
Full sun to semi-shade.
Humus-rich and well drained.
Keep soil moist during the growing season. The plant will die back completely by summer, so be careful not to damage the tubers when digging, as it can be easy to forget about dormant plants when later things are in full flower.
By division in spring, by fresh seed sown in late summer. Root cuttings can also be taken in winter. The plant may also self seed or be spread by bird-deposited seed.
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