Japanese anemone and related hybrids are late summer and fall blooming perennials. Bold mounds of leaves with upright, airy stems reach 2 to 3 feet high, each with two-and-a-half-inch wide circular flowers in white, pink, or mauve. Flowers can be single, double or semi-double and add great late season color to any garden.
This plant has some cultivated varieties. Go to list of cultivars.
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Mixed border,
- Large plant (more than 24 inches),
- Medium plant (12-24 inches)
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7,
- Zone 8
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Occasional drought,
- Occasional flooding,
- Alkaline soil,
- Clay soil
Season of Interest:
- Mid summer,
- Late summer,
- Early fall,
- Mid fall,
- Late fall
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
Large rounded mounds of foliage topped by branches, wiry flower stems reaching 2 to 4 feet high and 2 feet wide.
Best in part shade in well drained, humus-rich, fertile soil.
Prefers morning light and afternoon shade.
Supplemental water in summer drought
Plants benefit with a thin layer of mulch, especially in colder climates.
Cut back flower stalks in late season to tidy up the garden.
Can be aggressive spreader once established.
Disease, pests, and problems
Disease, pest, and problem resistance
Native geographic location and habitat
Western and Central China or hybrid origin
Attracts birds and pollinators
Butterflies and bees
Clumps of dark green, basal foliage on long petioles. Each leaf is 3-parted with toothed margins.
Upright, wiry, branches stems hold single, double or semi-double flowers, each 2 to 21/2 inches in diameter. Colors vary by hybrid but can be bright white, pink, or mauve. The center of each flower has a ring of yellow stamens. Flowers bloom late summer and extend into autumn. Good for cuttings.
Cultivars and hybrids and their differences
September Charm Hubei Anemone (Anemone hupehensis 'September Charm'): 2 to 3 feet high and wide; single-flowered, 5 rounded petals are rose pink with yellow centers.
Cinderella Japanese Anemone (Anemone x hybrida 'Cinderella'): 12 to 18 inches high by 18 to 24 inches wide; rose pink flowers with yellow centers
Honorine Jobert Japanese Anemone (Anemone x hybrida 'Honorine Jobert'): 3 to 4 feet high and 2 to 3 feet wide; single white flowers.
Party Dress Japanese Anemone (Anemone x hybrida 'Party Dress'):
Whirlwind Japanese Anemone (Anemone x hybrida 'Whirlwind'): 2 to 3 feet high and wide; up to 25 white, narrow quilled petals