By Heather Rhoades
For colorful blooms and carefree maintenance, you can’t go wrong with growing anemone flowers. Let’s learn more about anemone plant care.
Information on Anemone
The story behind the anemone flower’s name is a sad one. The name comes from the Greek and roughly translates into “windflower.” It is said in Greek Mythology that the anemone flower sprang up from the blood of Aphrodite’s slain lover, Adonis. The name “windflower” signifies that the wind that blows the petal open will also, eventually, blow the dead petals away.
Despite the anemone flower’s depressing background, it can be a wonderful addition to your garden and can add a cheery bit of color to low areas of your garden. The anemone’s flowers come in nearly any color, so you can find whatever color you would like for your garden.
There are three types of anemone flowers. There is a spring-flowering type, which has either rhizomes or tubers. There is the tuberous Mediterranean, which flowers in spring and summer. And there is a larger fall-flowering type, which blooms in late summer to fall and tends to have fibrous roots.
How to Grow Anemone Bulbs
Different anemone’s have different growing requirements. Some prefer sun to partial shade in rich, moist but well-drained soil. Others prefer sandy soil in full sun. While still others prefer moist, almost wet, soil in full sun to partial shade. Which conditions your anemone will like best can be found on the plant information included with it.
Most anemones should be planted in the fall and spaced about 4 – 6 inches apart. If you have a tuberous anemone, make sure its tubers are planted 2 – 3 inches deep.
Because the anemone flower has three different types of root systems, propagation is done three different ways, depending on the type of root structure your anemone has.
- If your anemone is tuberous, separate the tubers in summer, when the plant is dormant.
- If your anemone is rhizomatous, separate the rhizomes in spring.
- If your anemone has fibrous roots, divide the plant in early spring or autumn but keep the plant in pot for a year until established.
Once established, anemone plant care is minimal. Water your growing anemone flowers as needed and remove any dead foliage prior to new growth. Plants can be divided as necessary every 2 to 3 years to reduce overcrowding.
Whether or not the anemone flower really did spring up from the blood of a goddess’ slain lover is highly debatable, but the fact that anemones are beautiful leaves little to debate. Add this lovely flower to your garden and you will be rewarded with its winsome beauty.