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Plant Profile: Poppy Anemone (Anemone coronaria)

anemone coronaria de-caenPoppy anemone is a tuberous short-lived perennial native to the Mediterranean and a member of the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae). The poppy-like flowers are red, white, or blue with dark centers and are carried singly on stems six to eighteen inch tall. The medium green foliage is divided and fern-like but disappears in the summer when the plants go dormant. Poppy anemone can be grown in containers and is an excellent cut flower. The generic name Anemone comes from the Greek anemos meaning wind and may refer to the fact that the seeds are plumed and dispersed by the wind. The specific epithet, coronaria, comes from the Latin corona meaning crown. All parts of the plant are poisonous when fresh.

Type: Herbaceous perennial often grown as annual

Bloom: Red, white, or blue flowers 2.5” wide with dark center in early spring

Size: 8-18” H x 6-8” W

Light: Full sun to part shade

Soil: Average, medium moist, well-drained

Hardiness: Zones 6-9

Care: Low maintenance

Pests and Diseases: None of significance

Propagation: Seed

Companion plants: Glory of the snow (Chiondoxa sp.), squill (Scilla sp.), striped squill (Puschkinia scilloides), Crocus, Iris reticulata

Outstanding Selections:
De Caen hybrids (Single flowers)
St. Bridget hybrids (Double flowers)