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General information on anemone (windflower):

Genus
Anemone (perennial)

Appearance
There are about 500 different species of Allium which come in many colours. They are all propagated from bulbs and they all have an onion or garlic smell in varying strengths.

Bulbs
Allium bulbs can be bought from Anemone bulbs can be bought from The Green Chronicle Online Shop (for U.K. delivery).

Propagation
Most anemones prefer a lime rich soil. It is advisable to dig some well-rotted compost into the bed before planting. This should ensure the best possible blooms. Anemones can be planted between October and April which produces blooms from March to July. In frosty weather the foliage should be protected with fleece. In the right soil conditions anemones will naturalise. It may be advisable, especially if the soil is poor, to lift the tubers every second year after the foliage has died down and then repeat at the usual time.
Anemone tubers need to be kept very dry although soaking them in water for 48 hours prior to planting can help germination. Most anemones are propagated by division in spring or autumn.

Species
- Anemone hyperhensis (japonica) flowers in late summer growing to a height of 3 feet.
- Anemone pulsatilla (vulgaris) also known as pasque flower is a bell shaped purple flower growing to about 6 inches in height.
- Anemone curanaria or poppy flowered anemone are usually sold as St. Brigid and De Caen which are both very good for cutting.
- Anemone fulgens likes a sunny position and is scarlet in colour.