Anemone rivularis

15 Jul

Anemone rivularis (23/06/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

Anemone rivularis (23/06/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Full sun to light shade

Flowering period: Early summer

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 60cm

Eventual Spread: 40cm

Hardiness: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a

Family: Ranunculaceae

Anemone rivularis is a deciduous, herbaceous perennial with a clump forming habit. Its dark green leaves are deeply lobed with three leaflets. Its leaflets are also deeply lobed with serrate margins and up to 10cm long. Its white flowers are saucer shaped, up to 3m across and appear in umbels at the ends of erect branched stems.

  Anemone rivularis, commonly known as the Riverside Windflower, is native to south west China, parts of the Himalayas and north India. In its native habitat it grows in grasslands and stream edges.

Anemone rivularis Flower (23/06/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

Anemone rivularis Flower (23/06/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

The etymological root of the binomial name Anemone may be a derivation of the Hebrew word for Adonis. Rivularis is derived from the Latin rivulus meaning ‘ rivulet’.

The landscape architect may find Anemone rivularis useful as a low maintenance herbaceous perennial, particularly in wet soils.

Ecologically, Anemone rivularis flowers are attractive to pollinating insects.

Anemone rivularis Leaf (23/06/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

Anemone rivularis Leaf (23/06/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

Anemone rivularis prefers moist, humus rich, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil. It will tolerate wet soils.

Anemone rivularis requires little maintenance. Dying foliage may be cut back in autumn. Large clumps may be divided in early  spring.

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