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A picture of a Winter Windflower

Winter Windflower

Anemone blanda

Also known as

Sapphire Anemone, Balkan Anemone, Greek Thimbleweed, Greek Anemone, Greek Windflower

Anemone blanda in the Kensington Gardens, London spring 2013 (3) by Chmee2 (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size






2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Winter Windflower

A purple blue Anemone blanda flower on a plant
A close up of some white Anemone blanda flowers
Some purple Anemone blanda flowers on a plant

Winter Windflower Overview

Anemone blanda is also known by the names Winter Windflower and Sapphire Anemone after its attractive flower appearance. This rhizomatous perennial lies in the Ranunculaceae family of buttercups. Typically grows to around 15cm high, producing attractive divided foliage with 3 toothed and lobed edges. Flowers coloured blue, purple, pink or white are borne in spring on stems above 3 small leaves in a whorl. The flowers are around 3-4cm wide and there are numerous narrow petals. This bushy species is deciduous and thus loses its green foliage in the autumn and regrows new leaves in the spring.

How to propagate Winter Windflower


Rhizomes may be divided when the plant is dormant.


Sow ripe seed in containers or a cold frame for best results.

Special features of Winter Windflower

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

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