The Anemone blanda ‘White Splendour’ is a perennial from the Ranunculaceae family. The Anemone blanda is originally from south eastern Europe to central Asia. The common name is windflower.
The name Anemone comes from the Greek word anemos which means wind. The word blanda comes from the Latin word blandus which means charming.
The Anemone blanda ‘White Splendour’ is a tuber. The tuber looks more like a thickened root and it is hard to tell which side is up. When in doubt you can plant it on its side. The tuber slowly grows bigger.
It is best to plant the tubers in autumn. By soaking the tubers in a bowl of water for about 12 hours before planting you will get a better bloom in spring. The roots will be able to penetrate the tuber skin more easily this way. Usually you plant tubers and bulbs at a depth of twice the bulb size, but the tubers of this windflower are better planted deeper. About 7 cm (2.8 inches) is fine.
After bloom in spring the leaves disappear and re-emerge next spring. This makes the Anemone blanda ‘White Splendour’ very suitable for planting under a deciduous shrub or between plants that emerge later in the season like for example the Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly weed). The windflower is also very suitable for rock gardens. You can use the windflower as groundcover but because the leaves disappear at the beginning of the summer that does not seem a good option to me.
Attracts bees: no
Characteristic: newly emerging every year
Exposure: sun/ part shade
Flower colour: white
Flowering time: March – April
Foliage colour: green
Fragrant flower: no
Hardiness: -30 ºC (-22 ºF)
Height: 6 inches (15 cm)
Soil: normal/ moist