Anemone Flaccida

This is a pretty and easily-grown bulb from woodland regions of China and Japan; it is an excellent bulb for leaving in place from one year to the next and is a good plant for lightly-shaded and moister parts of the patio. Anemone flaccida can also be planted in the open garden where it will spread freely by means of its underground runners, giving a thick carpet of coarsely-toothed, attractive foliage, starred with white flowers in Spring. The young leaves are bronze in colour, the foliage darkening to green marked with grey spots as it matures. As the leaves die back, Anemone flaccida can be followed by either later-flowering bulbs – some of the Allium are worth considering – or even an interplanting of the variegated-leaved Hosta for later effect. This rather vigorous grower is not suitable for a mixed planting of alpines, but it makes an excellent show if planted en masse in a container on its own.

Anemone flaccida is fully frost-hardy. If grown in a compost – or soil in the open garden – to which has been added some leaf mould or other organic matter, the corms will tolerate a fair degree of frost.

In Spring, place any container-grown Anemone flaccida where it will receive either full sun or light shade: as a plant of the woodland, it should be kept out of direct sunlight for the remainder of the year.

Keep this Anemone moistened at all times: water thoroughly, then again once the surface of the compost begins to dry.

This tough, almost waxy-leaved, Anemone needs no additional humidity; if placed in a suntrap, when in flower during the Spring, the flowers may shrivel.

Newly-planted corms need no feed: those which remain in the same place for more than one year will benefit from a general-purpose feed, given in Spring before the flowers open.

Grow this plant in a good-quality, loam-based compost, which contains lime: add up to a third by volume of moss peat to improve the organic content of the compost. Repot as necessary – probably every 3-4 years – once the foliage has died back completely in late Spring.

This unusual Anemone can be used to bring an informal, almost wild effect to a formal area; mix it with Bluebells and late Primroses for a miniature flower display.

PLANT SURGERY

Rotten corms Few pests and diseases trouble this pretty plant; over-enthusiastic use of animal manures in the garden may rot the corms, as will waterlogged compost.

25. June 2013 by admin
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