Anemone nemorosa ‘Winterwood Pink’
Anemone nemorosa ‘Winterwood Pink’ is an Australian raised Wood Anemone, and one to be proud of.
Blush pink stars in late winter
‘Winterwood Pink’ is a charming early beauty.
Because it blooms in late Winter and on into Spring, with stars of blush-pink, raspberry and white.
The buds start white, open to soft pink in late Winter, and then mature with luscious raspberry backs as the Spring progresses.
(Please see the “Growing” section below for plant details, how / where to grow).
Hardy groundcover under trees & shrubs
‘Winterwood Pink’ makes an excellent groundcover under trees and shrubs, as it thrives in the shade.
Anemone nemorosa are after all native to woodland, and so grow happily in either deep shade or dappled light.
Handily, Anemone nemorosa possess the magic trick of being able to withstand both summer dry and winter wet.
Easy, low care groundcover
Anemone nemorosa are easy, low care ground-covers, and make a perfect solution for low-maintenance gardeners with shaded gardens.
Because they cope well with dry shade once established; are bullet-proof frost hardy; water-wise and drought resistant.
Plus the lush, dense foliage and thick rhizome roots, beat the weeds under trees and shrubs.
They are also heat resistant, as their tough rhizome root systems persist even if the foliage goes underground during tough summer times.
Anemone nemorosa are rarely if ever troubled by pests or diseases, and rarely need any work.
Weed suppressing groundcover
If you ever get the chance to see the wonderful historic garden at ‘Bolobek’, Mt. Macedon, Victoria – you will see them used to perfection as weed suppressing carpets for dry shade.
Growing: Anemone nemorosa ‘Winterwood Pink’
– Height with flowers: Blooms at 20cm approx. and the star flowers beam up at you from well above the dense, low, foliage carpet. Then they open with the light.
– Width: Forms a dense, round carpet of foliage to a diameter of 60cm approx.
– Position: Happy in all types of shade, so plant where there is Deep Shade to Dappled Light or Morning Sun.
Carpeting the ground under evergreen or deciduous shade is heaven for an Anemone nemorosa.
– Soil: Anemone nemorosa enjoy the leaf litter and mulch that naturally occurs under trees.
So they are remarkably dry hardy in the shade, once established, and quite unfussy about soil type and pH.
Plus they will thrive in either an acid or an alkaline (lime) soil.
And so can tolerate limestone country, as well as the acid conditions with Rhododendrons and Camellias.
– Beneficial for wildlife: Bees and other beneficial pollinators are very grateful for the late winter blooms.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: The nibbling furry pests don’t like them, because the plant contains a chemical which burns their mouths if they take a chomp. In fact Anemone nemorosa is generally free of all pests and diseases.
Hardy & tough
– Frost: Bullet-proof frost hardiness, as they can withstand even severe frosts to well below -20C.
– Water-wise: Remarkably dry hardy, with low water needs during summer. But also able to tolerate winter wet. Magic!
– Growth: Perennial ground-cover, but will have a defensive summer dormancy in hot conditions.
– Care: Virtually care and work free if planted in the right place.
Hardy woodland native
– Garden Origin: Anemone nemorosa ‘Winterwood Pink’ is a true-blue Aussie. Because it was bred by one of our leading plantsmen, Don Schofield, from Mt. Tomah, in the Blue Mountains. And fittingly named ‘Winterwood Pink’ after his stunning garden “Winterwood”.
– Native origin: Anemone nemorosa is native to widespread areas of Europe, from cold and wet northern Europe, to hot and dry Turkey, indicating that it is hardy and adaptable to a wide range of conditions.
With a colourful history
– Host of funny names: Anemone nemorosa has acquired a wealth of wonderful common names over the centuries. Including “thimbleweed”, “smell fox” (the foliage does have a musky scent when crushed and this helps to deter rabbits and deer). Plus “Lady’s Nightcap”, and “Old Woman’s Nest”; “Moonflower” and “Wood Crowfoot” (the rhizomes do look a little like Crow’s feet).
– Romantic botanical name: The botanical name “Anemone” derives from Greek and means “daughter of the wind”, while “nemorosa” comes from the Latin word “nemus” meaning “forest”.
The botanical name says it all.