Sunday, 22 August 2010

Today's Flowers #107 Japanese anemone

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The Japanese anemone (Anemone hupehensis), also known as Japanese Windflower or Japanese Thimbleflower, belongs in the family Ranunculaceae. It is actually native to Hupeh province in eastern China but has been naturalised in Japan for hundreds of years. It grows to a height of 3' and was introduced into Europe in 1844 by Robert Fortune. He had discovered it growing in a Shanghai cemetery, spreading between the tombstones, one of several beautiful plants used to commemorate the dead. 
Japanese anemones may appear delicate but, once established, are strong and reliable plants, appearing year after year to flower profusely from early August until the first frosts. We planted two plants a few years ago and now have quite a clump of them. They are pleasing at all stages, from the first emergence of green leaves in spring, through the pretty buds to the unfurling of the flowers. 

14 comments:

  1. One of my faviurite fall flowers! I have one flowing now, but the blossoms are weird shapes...might be the variety, I am awaiting the blooming of two more plants. Your Japanese anemone is a beauty!

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  2. The anemone is a beautiful flower. Thanks for the info.

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  3. Such a lovely little bloom.

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  4. This looks like a lovely flower, adnd one to keep in mind when I get to the fun part of planting things!

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  5. Mine are all white, and seem very anaemic next to your glowing pink ones...

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  6. Fuchsia is my favorite color so that really caught my eye. I wish we could have them in Hawaii.

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  7. SO SWEET AND DELICATE. LIKE TISSUE PAPER.

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  8. SO SWEET AND DELICATE. LIKE TISSUE PAPER.

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  9. I love both the violet-lavender color and the delicacy of this Japanese anemone. Lovely!

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  10. I really like the color and delicacy of this Japanese anemone. Lovely!

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  11. I have not seen this shade in anemones before... it's very nice! L

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  12. love the color...thanks for dropping by :)

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