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Garden Anemone

Anemone coronaria

Also known as

Poppy Anemone, St Brigid's Anemone, Spanish Marigold, Windflower, Irish anemone, Poppy windflower, Florist's anemone, Crown anemone, De Caen anenome

Anemone-coronaria-2016-Zachi-Evenor by Zachi Evenor (CC BY 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Garden Anemone Overview

Anemone coronaria is a spring-flowering tuberous perennial that produces multiple poppy-like flowers on tall flower stalks. They come in many colours and two forms, single or double and add a kaleidoscope of colour to any partly sunny garden during late winter and early spring. Also known as Garden Anemone, Irish Anemon, Poppy Windflower and St Brigid's Anemone among others, these sun-loving plants prefer a sheltered spot with well-drained soil making them ideal to grow in containers, Rock and Mediterranean climate gardens. This is the most commonly planted Anemone, with a variety of cultivars. 'St. Brigid' and 'de Caen' are two types most commonly found commercially.

Common problems with Garden Anemone

There are very few diseases to Anemone, but there are plenty of pests that include slugs, snails, moths and butterfly larvae. The best organic method to rid the pests would be to remove these pests regularly by hand.

How to harvest Garden Anemone

Harvest the flower stalks after two or three flowers have opened to prolong the life of your flowers.

How to propagate Garden Anemone


Sow seeds in a cold frame when they are ripe and mature.


Seperate tubers when the plants are dormant. Plant in autumn months. Keep dry while dormant.


By seed or divide tubers when the plant is dormant in the summer.

Special features of Garden Anemone

Attracts useful insects

Attracts beneficial pollinators such as bees.

Attractive flowers

Flowers have five petals and can grow to approximately 7 cm in diameter. There are many hybrids with multiple colours ​and multiple formations e.g. Double Pink

Other uses of Garden Anemone

Border, container, cutting bed, walls, rock garden. Extremely popular as a cut flower for florist's shops, hence one of its common names.

Cut flower

Summer Flowering Bulbs

Plant out these flowering bulbs in spring to enjoy their summer performance.

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Autumn Flowering Bulbs

Flowering in autumn these bulbs give a beautiful display.

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