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Anemone x hybrida 'Party Dress'

Japanese Anemone

‘Party Dress’ will certainly add an extra spark of glamour to your garden. With gorgeous, double rose-pink flowers (to 2”) produced prolifically from late summer until fall on tall stems (36-38” high), this cultivar can’t be beat. Flowers are ruffled like a petticoat and are nearly twice the size of many Japanese anemones.

Large, ruffled flowers
Double, rose-pink blooms
Deer resistant
Height: 36-38 Inches
Spread: 24-36 Inches
Zone: 4-8
Color: Rose Pink

Japanese Anemone Characteristics & Attributes

Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Part Shade
Sun with Moist Soil
Soil Moisture Needs
Good Drainage
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Growth Rate
Accent Plant
Ground Cover
Perennial Border
Mass Planting
Specimen Planting
Cut Flower
Moist Sun
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. 'Party Dress' is a sport of Anemone × hybrida 'Lady Gilmour', and it was discovered in the garden of Long Island plantswoman Rika Bronsther.

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.