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Anemone blanda

Native to Greece circa 1898, Anemone blanda yields happy little daisy-like flowers with yellow centers on wiry stems above fern-like foliage. Commonly known as Grecian Windflowers, they are available in blue, pink, white or in a mixture of the three. Anemone blanda prefers to be planted in organically rich, well-draining soil in full to partial sunlight. Deer- and rodent-resistant, Anemone blanda makes an attractive ground cover in border plantings or as an underplanting beneath contrasting Hyacinths, Tulips or Narcissi. The bulbs are actually corms that look like black, irregularly-shaped, wizened little pellets. If the soil is dry at planting time, you can give them a head start by soaking them no longer than eight hours in room temperature water. As Anemone blanda matures over time, when it’s happy where it’s planted, it naturalizes by bulb offsets (called bulbils: baby bulbs on the sides of the mother bulb you’ve planted). It’s terrific in garden borders, sunny woodland borders and in irregular river-like swaths. Since it’s not tremendously hardy, you may want to apply no more than a 2 inch layer of mulch after the surface of the ground freezes to protect it from winter temperature spiking in the event of inconsistent snow coverage. Anemone blanda is also good for forcing indoors over the winter. Pot them up in mid-October and precool them at a consistent, dark 38 to 45 degrees F for six to eight weeks with moderate watering. Bring them into the house~they will bloom about four weeks later.

You’ll need about nine bulbs per square foot. (Square footage is determined multiplying the planting site’s length times its width.) Bulb size: 5 cm/up. Full to partial sunlight. Height: 4”. Bloom time in horticultural zone 5: April/May. Plant 4” deep and 3” to 4” apart. HZ: 5-9.

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