Anemone Nemorosa, Or Wood Anemone: Attractive Dwarf Herbaceous Perennial

Anemone Nemorosa, Or Wood Anemone: Attractive Dwarf Herbaceous Perennial

Anemone Nemorosa

Photo Compliments Of Stale Prestoy

Anemone nemorosa or wood anemone is an attractive dwarf herbaceous perennial that reaches a height of 8 inches with fibrous, rhizomatous or tuberous rootstocks. Halfway up the hairless flower stem grows a whorl of stalked, palm-shaped leaves that are lobed and saucer-shaped. Flowers are solitary with 5 to 7 white petals, sometimes flushed pink on reverse.

This low growing, spreading colonizer is a delight in the early spring landscape. In late winter finely cut foliage emerges followed by brightly colored single flowers in shades that range from white, pink to blue. Given enough time impressive carpets can form, creating quite a spring display. In early summer the foliage dies down to make room for later flowering plants.

How To Make Your Anemone Nemorosa Thrive

Anemone nemorosa adapts to a wide range of soils including sand and clay; it prefers a well-drained location. Flowering is most profuse in full sun, but tolerates light or open shade. New leaves emerge in late winter and remain until mid-summer. When foliage begins to yellow and die back it can be cut to the ground. It is drought tolerant and remains dormant during the dry summer weather.

General Anemone Nemorosa Information

Garden Uses

Anemone nemorosa or wood anemone is wonderful in a cottage or informal garden, in flower borders and beds, as an underplanting for roses and shrubs, in a wildflower meadow, or in a rock garden.


Propagate by seed, sowing them in containers in a cold frame when ripe. Underground rhizomes can be divided from early summer to late winter.

Pests and Diseases

Wood anemone is susceptible to leaf eelworms and can be damaged by caterpillars and slugs. It is also susceptible to powdery mildews

Additional Information

  • Family: Ranunculaceae
  • Plant Type: Spreading perennial
  • Foliage Type: Deciduous
  • Plant Height: 6 to 8 inches
  • Plant Width: 3 feet
  • Hardiness Zones: Zones 5 to 9
  • Flower Color: White, pink
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or light to open shade
  • Water Requirements: Drought tolerant
  • Seasonal Interest: Spring flowers
  • Plant Combinations: Waldsteinia ternata, Narcissus ‘Mount Hood’, Pulmonaria ‘Benediction’, Ribes sanguineum, Viburnum carlesii ‘Aurora’, Blechnum penna-marina
  • Color Contrasts: Chartreuse, yellow, bronze
  • Color Partners: Pink, blue, purple, white

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  1. Another beauty Charlie, much loved by pheasants though too!
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  2. Nicely done Charlie. Wish I had your green thumb!
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