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Plant Profile: Windflower (Anemone blanda)

Colorful daisy-shaped flowers appear in early spring and can last a month, especially if in an area protected from the wind. They are undemanding and will naturalize easily by self-seed and tuberous rhizomes. They can bring early color to a rock garden, perennial border, wild garden or open woodland with equal success and are especially lovely when planted in large drifts. The flowers are complemented by deeply cut fern-like foliage that disappears gracefully after the flowers have faded.

Type: Bulb (actually a tuber).

Bloom: Pink, white, blue, violet daisy-like flowers in early spring.

Size: 6-12” H x 3-6” W (the species is smaller than cultivars).

Light: Full sun to part shade.

Soil: Moist, well drained.

Hardiness: Zones 5-8.

Care: Carefree.

Pests and Diseases: Leaf spot and rhizome rot may be problems.

Propagation: Division after the foliage matures.

Companion Plants: Early flowering deciduous trees and shrubs.

Outstanding Selections: ‘White Splendor’ (white with yellow centers), ‘Blue Shades’, ‘Pink Splendor’.

Comments: When planting, soak tubers in warm water for at least 1 hour, overnight if possible, to facilitate rapid root growth.

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