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Grape-leaved anemone

Cultivar 'Robustissima' has mauve-pink flowers.

Grape-leaved anemone is an old-fashioned, fast-growing, spreading perennial with coarse, seven-lobed, grape-like leaves. The fall-blooming, two-inch-wide, pale pink flowers rise above the foliage. Thrives in sun or shade.

This plant has some cultivated varieties. Go to list of cultivars.

Botanical name:

Anemone tomentosa

All Common Names:

Grape-leaved anemone, grape-leaf anemone, robust wooly anemone, wooly anemone

Family (English):


Family (Botanic):


Tree or Plant Type:

  • Perennial

Native Locale:

  • Non-native

Landscape Uses:

  • Massing,
  • Mixed border,
  • Patio/sidewalk,
  • Specimen

Size Range:

  • Large plant (more than 24 inches)

Light Exposure:

  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
  • Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)

Hardiness Zones:

  • Zone 3,
  • Zone 4,
  • Zone 5 (Chicago),
  • Zone 6,
  • Zone 7,
  • Zone 8

Soil Preference:

  • Moist, well-drained soil


  • Occasional drought,
  • Alkaline soil,
  • Clay soil

Season of Interest:

  • Late summer,
  • Early fall,
  • Mid fall

Flower Color & Fragrance:

  • Pink,
  • White

Shape or Form:

  • Creeping,
  • Mounded,
  • Thicket-forming

Growth Rate:

  • Fast

More Information:


A hardy, fall-blooming anemone reaching 3 to 4 feet high and 2 to 3 feet wide

Plant Care

Best in part shade, will grow in sun with adequate moisture
Prefers humus-rich soil.
Late to emerge in spring, flowers in late summer
Aggressive spreader, stems are woody

Disease, pests, and problems

None serious

Disease, pest, and problem resistance

Deer, rabbit

Native geographic location and habitat

High mountains of Northern China

Attracts birds and pollinators

Butterflies and other pollinators

Leaf description

Grape-like, 7-lobed, dark green foliage

Flower description

Open, airy, clusters of 2 1/2 inch diameter, mauve-pink flowers with showy yellow stamens

Fruit description

Fluffy seedhead

Cultivars and hybrids and their differences 

Robust Grape-leaved Anemone (Anemone tomentosa 'Robustissima'): 3 to 4 feet high and 2 to 3 feet wide, fall-blooming, mauve-pink flowers with showy yellow stamens

Location of Anemone tomentosa (Grape-leaved anemone) at the Arboretum