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Anemone tomentosa 'Robustissima'

Grapeleaf Anemone, Grapeleaf Windflower

‘Robustissima’ grows 24-30” tall and produces a plethora of single, light pink flowers with yellow centers beginning in August. Flowering most profusely from August to September, this garden favorite continues to flower sporadically until frost. It is an extremely robust and vigorous plant that is well suited for naturalizing. One of the most adaptable of the anemones. Being stoloniferous, new plantlets emerge in spring and should be thinned for best results.

Great for naturalizing
One of the most adaptable anemones
A profusion of soft pink flowers
Height: 24-30 Inches
Spread: 18-24 Inches
Zone: 4-8
Color: Light Pink

Grapeleaf Anemone Characteristics & Attributes

Exposure
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Part Shade
Sun with Moist Soil
Soil Moisture Needs
Good Drainage
Average
Moist
Dry
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Fall
Late Summer
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Growth Rate
Medium
Attributes
Perennial Border
Ground Cover
Mass Planting
Accent Plant
Cut Flower
Moist Sun
Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips for Grapeleaf Anemone

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Best in part shade with protection from wind. Foliage tends to burn in hot, dry, sunny summer conditions. Prefers consistently moist, humusy soils with good drainage. Soils must not be allowed to dry out. However, avoid wet, poorly drained soils, particularly in winter. May be slow to establish, but naturalizes well in optimum growing conditions. ~Kemper Center

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.

Anemone tomentosa is thought to be synonymous with A. vitifolia, differing only in having white flowers versus the latter’s pink flowers. Both are now considered to be only subspecies or naturally occurring varieties of the species. ‘Robustissima’, living up to its name, is more robust and more floriferous than the straight species.

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.