Snowdrop anemone

Anemone sylvestris

Snowdrop anemone - Anemone sylvestris

Common Name: Snowdrop anemone
Genus: Anemone
Species: sylvestris

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Makes good cut flowers, Has fragrant flowers/foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.30 m (30 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.50 m (50 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: White, Yellow
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: April & May

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

A lovely little anemone which forms a mound of deeply cut foliage topped with nodding white flowers with yellow centres in late spring. The plant gets its common name from the way the flower buds emerge on bent stems so they hang like snowdrops. Then they straighten up and face outwards as the flowers start to open.

The petals catch the breeze making them look a little like butterflies and they will grow to form open cup shapes up to 7cm across. They are scented and are good for cutting but if you leave them on they will be followed by white woolly seed heads. Find the right spot for them and they will naturalise and spread into large clumps.

Garden Care: Apply a generous 5-7cm mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant in spring. Cut back to just above ground level if they start to look messy and they will quickly rejuvenate. Where necessary lift and divide congested clumps in early spring.

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