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Garden Plants for Flower Arrangements: Hybrid Japanese Anemone (Anemone x hybrida)

Anemone SeptemberCharmHybrid Japanese anemone are herbaceous perennials  that form a substantial mound of handsome dark green leaves carried on long stems (petioles).  Each leaf is palmately compound with three toothed leaflets. The flowers are two to five inches across and lack petals but have white or pink petal-like bracts that that surround a yellow center. Fowers may be single, semi-double or double and appear on wiry well branched stems in late summer into fall over a long bloom time. Plants may be slow to flower and once established can be very vigorous. Both the leaves and flowers are good in the vase together or separately. A whole stem of flowers can be used in large arrangements or short stems can be used in small ones. Individual flowers can be dried. There are many cultivars available including ‘September Charm’ (single,silvery pink), ‘Whirlwind’ (semi-double pure white), ‘Honorine Jobert’ (single, white), and ‘Prince Henry’ (semi-double deep rose).

Cutting: No special treatment
Conditioning: No special treatment
Preserving: Dry individual flowers with silca gel.


    • 2-5’ H x 2’ W (depending on the cultivar)


    • Part shade (tolerate full sun if moisture sufficient)


    • Average, medium moist, well-drained


    • Zones 4-8


    • Division in spring, root cuttings in winter


    Cut stems down after flowering

Recommended Reading:

Flowers: The Book of Floral Design
Tussie-Mussies: The Language of Flowers
The Complete Flower Arranging Book
The Flower Workshop
Infinite Succulents
Container Gardeners Handbook
The Plant Recipe Book
Seasonal Flower Arranging
Martha's Flowers
Discovering Dahlias
The Flower Recipe Book
Modern Faux Flower Projects
The Botanical Bible
Flower School
A Year in Flowers
The Posy Book
The Little Flower Recipe Book
Flower Porn
Flower Chef
Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden
Herbs: Gardens, Decorations, and Recipes