Anemone blanda

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Anemone blanda
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Ranunculaceae
Genus: Anemone
Species: A. blanda
Binomial name
Anemone blanda
Schott & Kotschy[1]

Anemone blanda (common names Balkan anemone,[2] Grecian windflower or winter windflower) is a species of flowering plant in the family Ranunculaceae, native to southeastern Europe, Turkey, Lebanon, and Syria. An herbaceous tuberous perennial, it grows to 15 cm (6 in) tall and broad. It is valued for its daisy-like flowers which appear in early Spring, a time when little else is in flower. The flowers are an intense shade of purple blue, but are also available in shades of pink and white. It grows in any well-drained soil which dries out in summer; hence it is often used for underplanting deciduous trees which provide the necessary conditions. It rapidly colonises any favoured location. The dark green foliage dies down in summer.[3] This plant[4] and its cultivar A. blanda var. rosea 'Radar',[5] have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

The specific epithet blanda means "mild" or "charming".[6]


  1. ^ "Anemone blanda", The Plant List, retrieved 2014-10-23 
  2. ^ "BSBI List 2007" (xls). Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  3. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  4. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Anemone blanda". Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Anemone blanda var. rosea 'Radar'". Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315. 

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