Found In America, Europe & Japan
The Anemone is part of a large buttercup family that offers over 150 species to choose from and named from the region of the world where they grow or the color and look that they offer. The flower is named after a Greek word that, when translated, means “daughter of the wind.” As seen in windy regions, the name is thought to mean that the wind blows the petals open and blows away those that have withered. Anemones are found primarily in North American, Europe, and Japan. Typical favorites are the Japanese Anemone and the Buttercup Anemone although most are seen as garden plants that provide flowers and greenery over the course of the year across many seasons.
These are perennial flowers that are known for their basal leaves, long leaf-stems, and lobed or undivided leaf blades. Other distinguishing features include 4-27 sepals, flowers in cymes or in umbels, and many colors of sepals. The colors typically include purple and violet, red, yellow or white. Beyond being used as spring and summer blooms or larger fall flowering additions to bouquets, the Anemone has medicinal benefits as well. It has been used by many cultures around the world to treat emotional problems and hormonal issues like menstrual cycles and cramps.
Growing Recommendations - Anemone
In growing the Anemone, it is best to select a loamy soil that has been enriched with fertilizer, such as manure, which is added below where these tubers are planted. Planting should start in October and further added to in January. This planting cycle offers up flowers during May and June. It is easy to raise these flowering plants from seed and does well within a warm climate where it can thrive and offer flowers in abundance. Anemones are fairly versatile in terms of where they are planted in the garden, growing in both partial shade and in full sun as long as the heat is not too intense for them. The soil should be well-drained and be slightly acidic in its content, perhaps mixed with compost.
When getting ready to harvest the flowers, be sure to cut them in the morning before it gets warm or hot when the blooms are still closed up. The flowers will then open up when placed in room temperature water out of the way of the direct sunlight. When used in a vase on their own or as part of an arrangement, Anemones can last up to nine days as long as they are watered and tended to on a regular basis. The best time to find them for bouquets and floral arrangements from a florist is usually between November and June, depending where in the world the flowers are being ordered.