Anemone sylvestris ‘Madonna’


Anemone sylvestris ‘Madonna’ proudly bears large, pristine white cupped blooms, with a centre of cheery golden stems.
They really do look like large flakes of snow above the deep green foliage.
Hence the common name of “Snowdrop Windflower”.

Exceptionally long blooming

Anemone sylvestris ‘Madonna’ is an exceptionally 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, and on into autumn, instead of just in autumn.
Although the major flush of flowers is in late spring and the first half of summer, it seems to be always popping some flowers until winter.

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.Because of it’s ability to adapt to a wide range of conditions.
And it’s dense carpeting habit.
‘Madonna’ can tolerate dry shade well, once established.

Scented cut flowers

Although the stems are not super long, ‘Madonna’ provides very useful cut flowers for small vases and posies.
The pristine white flowers have a lovely sweet scent.

Growing: Anemone sylvestris ‘Madonna’

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 Windflower 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 ‘Madonna’ is a truly easy, no fuss, sort of a girl.

Hardy 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 ‘Madonna’ 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 ‘Madonna’ 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.

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. ‘Madonna’ is a modern bred cultivar with a longer flowering season.