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Anemone x hybrida 'Honorine Jobert'

Japanese Anemone, Hybrid Anemone

‘Honorine Jobert’ is a vigorous, fibrous-rooted, compact Japanese anemone hybrid which typically grows 3-4’ tall, spreading by creeping rhizomes. It bears single white flowers (2-3” across) with yellow centers on graceful, wiry stems over attractive dark green foliage mounds. This great cultivar was first discovered in the garden of its namesake M. Jobert in Verdun, France, in 1858. It has been highly popular in European gardens ever since and remains the most popular and highly sought after white anemone today. It is quite floriferous and flowers from August to late September.

Flowers from August-September
Creamy, white flowers
Height: 3-4 Feet
Spread: 18-24 Inches
Zone: 4-8
Color: White

Japanese Anemone Characteristics & Attributes

Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Sun with Moist Soil
Part Shade
Soil Moisture Needs
Good Drainage
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Growth Rate
Mass Planting
Accent Plant
Moist Sun
Perennial Border
Ground Cover
Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips for Japanese 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.

The plants commonly known as “Japanese anemones” are not actually Japanese in origin, though they were first discovered in Japan by Western botanists in 1695 and later introduced into Europe from Japan. At that time they were called A. japonica (under which name they are still sometimes sold), though they have since been renamed A. hupehensis var. japonica since they are actually native to central China (e.g. Hubei Province, which was originally called Hupeh in English). Many of the hybrid anemones, such as this one, are also descended from A. hupehensis. This cultivar is synonymous with A. japonica ‘Honorine Jobert’ as well as A. x hybrida ‘Alba’.

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.

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