Anemone Varieties: Different Types Of Anemone Plants

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By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener

A member of the buttercup family, anemone, often known as windflower, is a diverse group of plants available in a range of sizes, forms and colors. Read on to learn more about tuberous and non-tuberous types of anemone plants.

Varieties of Anemones

Different types of anemone flowers include perennial, non-tuberous plants that grow from fibrous roots and tuberous anemone varieties that are planted in the fall, often alongside tulips, daffodils or other spring-blooming bulbs.

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Non-Tuberous Anemones

Meadow anemone – An American native that produces small, white-center flowers in groups of two and three. Meadow anemone blooms profusely in spring and early summer. Mature height is 12 to 24 inches.

Japanese (hybrid) anemone – This graceful plant displays dark green, fuzzy leaves and single or semi-double, cup-shaped blooms in shades of pink, white or rose, depending on the variety. Mature height is 2 to 4 feet.

Wood anemone – This European native produces attractive, deeply lobed leaves and small white (occasionally pale pink or blue) star-shaped blooms in springtime. Mature height is about 12 inches.

Snowdrop anemone – Another European native, this one producing white, yellow-centered blooms measuring 1 ½ to 3 inches across. The sweet-smelling blooms may be double or larger, depending on the variety. Mature height is 12 to18 inches.

Blue windflower
– Native to northern California and the Pacific Northwest, blue windflower is a low-growing plant with small, white, springtime blooms (occasionally pink or blue).

Grapeleaf anemone – This anemone variety produces grape-like foliage. Silvery-pink flowers decorate the plant in late summer and early autumn. Mature height of the tall plant is about 3 ½ feet.

Tuberous Anemone Varieties

Grecian windflower – This tuberous anemone displays a thick mat of fuzzy leaves. Grecian windflower is available in shades of sky blue, pink, white or reddish purple, depending on the variety. Mature height is 10 to 12 inches.

Poppy-flowered anemone – Poppy-flowered anemone produces small, single or double flowers in various shades of blue, red and white. Mature height is 6 to 18 inches.

Scarlet windflower – As the name suggests, scarlet windflower displays brilliant scarlet blooms with contrasting black stamens. Bloom time is springtime. Other varieties of anemone come in shades of rust and pink. Mature height is about 12 inches.

Chinese anemone – This variety comes in various cultivars, including both single and semi-double forms and colors ranging from pink to deep rose. Mature height is 2 to 3 feet.

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