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Anemone palmata

Cyclamen-Leaved Anemone, Yellow Anemone

An unusual species in the American landscape, this Anemone bears golden-yellow flowers with golden centers, which is a rare color combination in the genus. The relatively large, saucer-shaped flowers are held above the basal, kidney-shaped foliage on diminutive 6” stems. Native to the Mediterranean regions of southwest Europe and northwest Africa, this species requires well drained soils and will not survive the winter with wet feet.

Golden-yellow flowers
Kidney-shaped leaves
Great for rock gardens

Cyclamen-Leaved Anemone Characteristics & Attributes

Exposure
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Full sun to part shade
Soil Moisture Needs
Moist
Dry
Good Drainage
Average
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Summer
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Growth Rate
Medium

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips for Cyclamen-Leaved Anemone

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers consistently moist, humusy soils with good drainage; will not survive the winter if soils are not sufficiently drained.

Interesting Notes

Anemone plants are apetalous (i.e. “no petals”), meaning that flowers do not have petals. The colorful petal-like structures of these plants are actually showy (petaloid) sepals.

This species of Anemone is native to southwest Europe (France, Spain, Portugal) and the coastal areas of North Africa (Morocco). It is hard to find and rare in cultivation in the United States. It is commonly known as both the yellow Anemone, due of course to the color of its flowers, and the Cyclamen-leaved Anemone, due to the unusual kidney-shaped leaves (reminiscent of Cyclamen leaves).

The genus name Anemone is derived from the Greek word anemos (?νεμος) which means wind, and there are several theories related to this name. Pliny was reported to have stated that the flowers are opened by the wind, but another possible source for the plant’s name is based on the fact that the showy petal-like sepals are easily lost in the wind. Regardless of the original intent, the meaning of the Greek origin of the botanical name is also the source of the genus’ common name.

In a well known passage from the New Testament, Jesus says that even “Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed” as beautifully as an anemone (Matthew 6:29; Luke 12:27). Although the traditional English translation (King James Version) is usually rendered as “lilies of the field”, the original Greek word krina (κρινα) refers to the anemone.