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Anemone, Japanese

Herbaceous Perennial Flower, Spring-Flowering Bulb

Also known as Hybrid Anemone
Anemone x hybrida
Ranunculaceae Family
Synonym: A hupehensis var. japonica x A. vitifolia, A. japonica , A. x elegans

This delicate-looking perennial is a reliable late-summer to mid-fall bloomer, producing masses of dainty white to pink to rose blooms rising above attractively lobed medium green foliage. Flowers may be single, double, or semi-double.

Site Characteristics
  • full sun
  • part shade

Soil conditions:

  • tolerates acid soil
  • requires well-drained soil
  • requires high fertility
Does poorly in summer drought (without regular watering) exposed windy sites and wet winters.

Hardiness zones:

  • 4 to 8
Plant Traits

Lifecycle: perennial

Ease-of-care: moderately difficult

Height: 2.5 to 5 feet

Spread: 2 to 4 feet

Once established, plants spread indefinitely to form dense clumps.

Bloom time:

  • late summer
  • early fall
  • mid-fall

Flower color:

  • violet
  • white
  • pink

Foliage color:

  • light green
  • medium green

Foliage texture: medium

Shape: cushion, mound or clump

Shape in flower:

  • flower stalks with upright spikes
  • flower stalks with flowers with petal radiating outward
Special Considerations
Special characteristics:
  • deer resistant
  • aggressive - Once established, the plants spread to form dense clumps if conditions are right.
  • non-invasive
  • not native to North America - Product of horticultural breeding.
Growing Information
How to plant:

Propagate by cuttings, division or separation - Take root sections when the plant is dormant and place vertically in loose propagation medium in flats placed in a cold frame.

Divide the plant as desired in the spring. Fall division is usually unsuccessful.

Maintenance and care:
Water during summer dry spells. Plants do not tolerate drought well.

Tall varieties may need staking.

Remove faded flowers to improve appearance. Deadheading not needed to prolong bloom.

Cut plants back to the ground after hard frost. Do not divide in fall.

Provide excellent drainage and mulch to assure overwintering. Plants may be shortlived if overwintering conditions are too moist.

Divide in spring as needed to control spread. Plants are often slow to establish, but if conditions are right they can spread aggressively.

More growing information: How to Grow Perennials

More growing information: How to Grow Bulbs

Japanese beetles
Flea beetles
Black blister beetles
Downy mildew
Leaf and stem smuts
Septoria leaf spot
Powdery mildew
Synchytrium leaf gall
Numerous varieties come in a broad range of sizes. Flowers can be single, double or semi double.

‘Honorine Jobert’ has abundant blooms that are single and pure white, with pink tinted undersides and showy yellow stamens.

‘Kriemhilde’ has semi-double violet-pink flowers with undersides are a shade darker.

‘Lady Gilmore’ has double rosy-pink flowers.

‘Luise Uhink’ has semi-double pure white blooms. Strong performer.

‘Max Vogel’ has single, pale pink blooms that turn nearly white with time. Outer petals are slightly darker.

‘Montrose’ has semi-double to double rose flowers

‘Pamina’ has double rosy-red flowers.

‘Profusion’ has semi-double rosy-pink blooms. Strong performer.

‘Queen Charlotte’ has large semi-double pink flowers with darker undersides.

‘September Charm’ has single blooms that are rosy pink. Strong performer.

‘Whirlwind’ has semi-double white blooms, with contorted greenish-white inner tepals.

‘White Giant’: grows 4 feet tall with large semi-double flowers.