Anemone sylvestris flaunts large, pristine white cupped blooms, with a centre of cheery golden stems.
The scent is lovely, and wafts on the air. Walking in the woods of Europe is a treat when this little charmer is in flower.
Hence the common name of “Fragrant Anemone”.
The flowers are followed by decorative, silky seed heads.
Anemone sylvestris is an exceptionally hardy and long blooming “Windflower”.
As it has a much earlier start than the traditional, better known “Japanese Windflowers”.
So it blooms from late spring through summer, instead of just in autumn.
Dry hardy Groundcover for under trees, shrubs and roses
So it is the perfect underplanting for trees shrubs and roses, where it will form a dense carpet of lush green, weed suppressing, foliage.
It is an exceptionally hardy and successful groundcover, because of it’s ability to adapt to a wide range of conditions. And it’s dense carpeting habit.
It can happily thrive in Dry Shade under trees, once established.
Scented cut flowers
Although the stems are not super long, Fragrant Anemone provides very useful cut flowers for small vases and posies.
The pristine white flowers have such a lovely sweet scent.
Growing: Anemone sylvestris
– Height with flowers: 30cm. approx.
– Width: Evergreen clump to a diameter of 60cm. approx.
– Position: Partial Shade to Full Shade is the happy spot.
But this hardy Anemone can certainly tolerate more sun if it has retentive soil, or more water, or the garden is in a cooler climate area.
However Morning Sun or Dappled Sun is just fine too.
Anemone sylvestris is a truly easy, no fuss, groundcover.
– Soil: Again this little beauty is very unfussy. She will thrive in acid, woodland type soils, or equally well in alkaline (lime) pH soils. Soil type can vary from sandy to heavy clay, and all types in between. Obviously plants in sandy, very free draining soils will need more water, but they do thrive and spread more rapidly. While plants in retentive clay based soils will need less water and spread more slowly.
– Water-wise: Anemone sylvestris is not a particularly thirsty plant. Especially if it has some shade. However normal, average garden watering is quite sufficient in all positions.
– Frost: Anemone sylvestris is exceptionally frost hardy. So it is serene even in really hard frosts down to below -20C.
– Growth: Hardy, evergreen perennial. Which gently spreads by rhizomes to form a dense groundcover carpet.
– Beneficial to wildlife: Bees are very busy foraging amongst the golden stamens for pollen. Native small seed eating birds also enjoy feeding from the silky seed heads.
Easy care & low maintenance
– Care: Very easy low maintenance, and virtually pest and disease free. The only work you could possibly find to do, is a shear back after winter to promote fresh new foliage. But if you don’t get around to it, ‘Madonna’ wont care.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Rabbits and deer really do not like the taste of Anemone sylvestris, and it gives them indigestion apparently (one can only hope!). So unless they are absolutely starving, they will pick on something else.
– Origin: Anemone sylvestris is a native of dry deciduous woodlands and meadows in Central and Western Europe. So this wide range of native habitats gives it hardiness and adaptability in the garden.