Anemone blanda

Anemone blanda, Queen Mary's Gardens, 16 March 2021
Anemone blanda, Queen Mary’s Gardens, 16 March 2021

Compact but beautiful rhizomatous perennial herbaceous perennial growing to 10cm x15cm. Blue, pink or white flowers emerge in spring above a rosette of bright green leaves. Best under deciduous shrubs, as elsewhere, it can be forgotten about and inadvertently dug out if planted in more exposed sites.

H x S: 0.1m x 0.15m

Aspect and soil: Grow in any well-drained, humus-rich soil (except heavy clay), in sun or part-shade.

Use: in drifts in woodlands or under deciduous trees such as early-flowering Prunus, roses, spring-flowering shrubs. Goes well with other winter flowering and early spring bulbs such as Iris reticulata, Muscaris, snowdrops.

Care: No particular care; allow to naturalise.

Wildlife: Loved by pollinators.

Hazard: Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset.

Hardiness: H6