What Are Grecian Windflowers – How To Grow Anemone Windflowers


By: Mary Ellen Ellis

Growing Grecian windflowers can add a pretty new perennial to your garden. This spring bulb is also known as Anemone blanda and comes in range of colors, providing low clumps of blooms that easily fit into a variety of garden types and climates.

What are Grecian Windflowers?

A. blanda, or Grecian windflower, is a colorful perennial spring bulb that produces pretty blooms with a shape and appearance similar to that of daisies. They are short, growing only to about 6 inches (15 cm.) at a maximum, and can act as a blooming spring ground cover. They can also be grown in clumps or in low rows to complement taller perennials.

There are several varieties of Grecian windflower that produce different colors: deep blue, white, pale pink, magenta, lavender, mauve, and bicolor. The foliage is medium green and reminiscent of fern fronds.

With good Grecian windflower care, you can expect to get a proliferation of blooms starting in early spring and lasting for a few weeks. These are often the first flowers to bloom after winter.

How to Grow Anemone Windflowers

You only need a little bit of Grecian windflower information to be able to grow these spring flowers. They don’t require a lot of effort, and will thrive in the right setting and climate. Windflowers are native to the high mountains of Europe, but they have adapted well in many other areas and climates. They can grow throughout most of the U.S., covering zones 4-9.

Your windflowers will grow well in full sun, but they also tolerate partial shade. They need to have well-drained soil and they prefer rich soil. When planting the bulbs, add compost if your soil is thin, and place them about 3 inches (8 cm.) deep and spaced 2 to 3 inches (5 to 8 cm.) from each other.

Grecian windflower care is fairly simple once you get the bulbs in the ground. They will tolerate drought in the summer and self-sow. Expect them to spread out and fill in areas like a ground cover. The foliage will die down over the summer with no need to prune or remove any of it. A little mulch in the fall will help protect your bulbs over the winter.

These beautiful flowers will provide a unique type of spring ground cover in the right conditions. Be aware, though, that Grecian windflowers are toxic. All parts of the plant can cause irritation and gastrointestinal distress, so consider this if you have pets or children in your garden.

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How to Grow Anemone Plants in your Garden

The common names for the hardy bulb or perennial Anemone include Japanese anemone, September charm, Pasque flower, snowdrop windflower, and windflower.

They typically flower from early spring through to the late autumn this is dependent upon the species as Anemone is a very diverse gender.


The Plant Guide

This plant produces a great low-growing mat of flowers. The cheerful starlike blossoms come in pink, blue, and white, and the attractive finely cut leaves disappear soon after flowering.

CareProvide full sun to part shade and moist but well-drained soil. Best planted en masse (hundreds to thousands). Requires a dry dormancy after flowering. Sandy soil is a plus.

PropagationSow seed in containers when ripe (germination is slow and erratic). Divide autumn flowering plants in spring or autumn (take root cuttings in spring) and grow on for one year in a pot. Separate rhizomes or rhizomatous plants in spring. Separate tubers in summer when dormant.

ProblemsLeaf gall, downy mildew, leaf and stem smut, and rust are common. Caterpillars, slugs, and flea beetles.

  • Genus : Anemone
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
  • Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Pink, White
  • Bloom Time : Spring
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest


Bright Blankets of Color

Ideal for full sun or gently shaded gardens, Grecian windflowers are wonderfully low maintenance, and create striking blankets of bright color in the early garden.

Remember to keep the soil moist during the growing season and ensure it’s well-draining. After that, these hardy corms are pretty much self-sufficient – so you can kick back and enjoy!

If any of you readers have a favorite spot in the garden for A. blanda, tell us about it in the comments section below.

And for more information about anemone flowers, be sure to add these guides to your reading list next:

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About Lorna Kring

A writer, artist, and entrepreneur, Lorna is also a long-time gardener who got hooked on organic and natural gardening methods at an early age. These days, her vegetable garden is smaller to make room for decorative landscapes filled with color, fragrance, art, and hidden treasures. Cultivating and designing the ideal garden spot is one of her favorite activities – especially for gathering with family and friends for good times and good food (straight from the garden, of course)!


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