14 Beautiful Types of Anemone Flowers

Anemone flowers in a vase

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Anemones have long been a favorite flower of florists, brides, and anyone who seeks clear, vibrant colors in the garden. A member of the Ranunculus family, the Anemone genus includes at least 63 species. Of those, a relatively small number formed the basis for most of the named hybrids and cultivars now grown as garden plants. Bloom times vary considerably, but all anemones have poppy-like flowers that sway in the faintest breeze, a characteristic that lends these plants one of their common names, windflower.

Anemones vary in their hardiness and growth requirements but all grow easily from corms, bulbs, or as herbaceous perennial plants sold in garden centers in spring and summer. In zones where they aren't hardy, anemones are often planted as annuals. Although many varieties love sun, others thrive in woodland gardens, giving a much-needed color boost to shady landscapes.

Here are 14 anemone varieties that will add elegance to floral arrangements and cheer to border gardens.

Gardening Tip

Anemones aren't fussy about soil, though they do best in slightly acidic conditions. Soaking corms overnight before planting seems to soften them up and speed the rate at which they sprout. When planting, it's almost impossible to determine which end of the corm is up, so just place the corm in the planting hole, and the corm will grow in the right direction.

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    De Caen Anemones (Anemone coronaria [De Caen Group])

    De Caen anemones with red petals
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    Red De Caen anemones are poppy lookalikes hardy to zone 7, but gardeners in cooler zones can plant them in the spring for late summer blooms. Gardeners in warm climates should plant the corms in fall for a spring show. Most De Caen anemones are spring bloomers that love full sun. The De Caen mix of anemones was developed in France in the 1800s, based on the Anemone coronaria species. Many cultivars are available, composing one of the largest groups of garden anemones, sometimes known as French anemones.

    • Native Area: Mediterranean region; De Caen cultivars were developed in France
    • USDA Growing Zones: Depends on variety; most are hardy in zones 7–10; grown as annuals in cooler zones
    • Height: 6–24 inches (depends on variety)
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun
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    'Mr. Fokker' (Anemone coronaria de Caen 'Mr. Fokker')

    'Mr. Fokker' anemone with purple petals
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    One delightful member of the De Caen group of hybrids is 'Mr. Fokker.' To those who adore blue flowers, it remains a top pick in delivering a true azure tone. This cultivar looks sensational growing alongside mauve spiky blooms like the 'Plumblossom' snapdragon. It blooms in mid- to late spring.

    • Native Area: Mediterranean region; De Caen cultivars were developed in France
    • USDA Growing Zones: 7–10; grown as annuals in cooler zones
    • Height: 6–9 inches
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun
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    'Hollandia' (Anemone coronaria de Caen 'Hollandia')

    'Hollandia' anemone with red petals
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    Rich cherry blooms with a white eye and a dark center await gardeners who grow 'Hollandia' anemones. This is another of the spring-blooming varieties from the De Caen mix. The bulbs thrive in loose soil and complement other De Caen anemones both in the garden and the vase. 

    • Native Area: Mediterranean region; De Caen cultivars were developed in France
    • USDA Growing Zones: 7–10; grown as annuals in cooler zones
    • Height: 10–16 inches
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun
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    'Bordeaux' (Anemone coronaria de Caen 'Bordeaux')

    'Bordeaux' anemone with burgundy petals
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    The deep, dramatic red blooms of the 'Bordeaux' cultivar are a welcome counterpoint to the Easter egg colors many spring flowers offer. Plant these anemones, part of the De Caen group, three inches deep in sandy soil, and look for the ferny foliage to emerge in March just before the blooms.

    • Native Area: Mediterranean region; De Caen cultivars were developed in France
    • USDA Growing Zones: 7–10; grown as annuals in cooler zones
    • Height: 8–12 inches
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun
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    'The Bride' (Anemone Coronaria de Caen 'The Bride')

    'The Bride' anemone with white petals
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    'The Bride' anemone type gives wedding bouquets a fresh-as-a-daisy look, with a twist. The pale green centers are refreshing against crisp white petals, and the flowers have a long vase life. Like others in the De Caen group, it's a spring bloomer.

    • Native Area: Mediterranean region; De Caen cultivars were developed in France
    • USDA Growing Zones: 7–10; grown as annuals in cooler zones
    • Height: 10–24 inches
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun
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    'Queen Charlotte' (Anemone x hybrida 'Queen Charlotte')

    'Queen Charlotte' anemone with pink-tinged white petals
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    The showy flowers of the herbaceous perennial Japanese anemone 'Queen Charlotte' appear in August, when not much else is in bloom in the garden. These low-maintenance plants spread slowly by runners, forming a handsome clump over a few years. Provide winter mulch to help this anemone variety survive in zone 5. 'Queen Charlotte' is a cultivar in the very large Anemone x hybrida group, which was created by crossing A. hupehensis, A. vitifolium, and A. tomentosa. The group is sometimes known as Japanese anemones, though this is incorrect, because the species are actually native to China.

    • Native Area: Nursery hybrid; parents species are native to China
    • USDA Growing Zones: 5–8
    • Height: 2–3 feet
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
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    'Honorine Jobert' (Anemone x hybrida 'Honorine Jobert')

    'Honorine Jobert' anemones with white petals
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    Gardeners in cold growing zones should try their luck with 'Honorine Jobert,' a herbaceous perennial which is hardy to zone 4. In fact, this variety does poorly in the hot and humid South. Japanese anemones like this one bloom in late summer, filling the garden gap when many flowers are past their peak. 'Honorine Jobert' will do best in a partly shaded location, planted in well-drained soil. This is another cultivar in the Anemone x hybrida group.

    • Native Area: Nursery hybrid; parents species are native to China
    • USDA Growing Zones: 4–8
    • Height: 3–4 feet
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
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    'Serenade' (Anemone x hybrida 'Serenade')

    'Serenade' anemone with purple petals
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    Slow-growing yet offering a vigorous late-summer performance, the 'Serenade' anemone works well in the cutting garden, container garden, and border alike. This Japanese anemone, another member of the Anemone x hybrida group, sports pink daisy-like flowers on wiry stems. This plant is a a cultivar derived from genetic crosses between A. hupehensis, A. vitifolium, and A. tomentosa.

    • Native Area: Nursery hybrid; parent species are native to China
    • USDA Growing Zones: 4–8
    • Height: 3–4 feet
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
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    'Montrose' (Anemone x hybrida 'Montrose')

    'Montrose' anemones with pink petals
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    Slightly shaggy petals combine with sweet light-purple tones for a bloom that will complete your casual floral arrangements. A Japanese anemone, 'Montrose' has a long bloom time from summer's end through fall, and it can survive winter temperatures of minus 20 degrees. Some flowers exhibit a double layer of petals, and deer tend to pass by this anemone.

    • Native Area: Nursery hybrid; parent species are native to China
    • USDA Growing Zones: 4–8
    • Height: 3–4 feet
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
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    'Richard Ahrens' (Anemone x hybrida 'Richard Ahrens')

    'Richard Ahrens' anemones with pale pink petals
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    As anyone who has grown mint will tell you, one man's easy plant is another's thuggish weed. 'Richard Ahrens' anemones can be somewhat invasive, but you can easily keep them in bounds by growing them in containers. These flowers, part of the Japanese anemone group, bloom with pale-pink, double-petal blooms from July to September.

    • Native Area: Nursery hybrid; parent species are native to China
    • USDA Growing Zones: 5–7
    • Height: 28–36 inches
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
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    'Hadspen Abundance' (Anemone hupehensis 'Hadspen Abundance')

    'Hadspen Abundance' anemone with pink petals
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    Let 'Hadspen Abundance,' one of the Japanese anemones, join your asters and mums in welcoming milder weather as fall arrives. Thriving in these cool temperatures, this anemone type often delights gardeners by blooming until frost. It's low maintenance and naturalizes readily yet doesn't behave invasively in semi-shaded areas.

    • Native Area: China
    • USDA Growing Zones: 5–8
    • Height: 2–3 feet
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
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    'Praecox' (Anemone hupehensis ‘Praecox’)

    'Praecox' anemone with pink petals
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    Dark pink petals contrast with bright gold stamens on summer-blooming 'Praecox' anemones. This tall cultivar is unfussy about its location and soil and is suitable for beginners, blooming from midsummer into fall. It's a cultivar of the Japanese anemone species A. hupehensis.

    • Native Area: China
    • USDA Growing Zones: 5–8
    • Height: 2 to 4 feet
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
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    'Pamina' (Anemone hupehensis 'Pamina')

    'Pamina' anemone with pink petals
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    Another cultivar of A. huphensis is 'Pamina.' This Japanese anemone isn't picky at all; in fact, it'll spread in sites that provide mild temperatures and consistent moisture. Blooming in late summer, 'Pamina' may benefit from staking.

    • Native Area: China
    • USDA Growing Zones: 5–8
    • Height: 2–3 feet
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
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    'Pallida' (Anemone x lipsiensis 'Pallida')

    'Pallida' anemones with yellow petals
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    Grown from bulbs and known as the wood anemone, 'Pallida' likes a cool, moist spot in the woodland garden where it can slowly spread to form naturalized colonies. The plants bloom in the spring and then usually go dormant in the summer. They make nice companions to other demure spring plants like bleeding heart and Siberian bugloss. 'Pallida' is popular cultivar of a hybrid plant, A. x lipsiensis, which was derived by crossing wood anemones A. nemorosa and A. ranunculoides.

    • Native Area: Nursery hybrid; parent species are native Europe
    • USDA Growing Zones: 4–8
    • Height: 6 inches
    • Sun Exposure: Partial shade