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Anemone x hybrida 'Richard Ahrens'

Japanese Anemone

This beautiful and vigorous garden jewel produces long-lasting single and semi-double blooms that open bright pink and soften to blushed-white as the season progresses. It starts blooming in early July and continues until late September on wiry 24-36” stems.

Long flowerer (July-September)
Flowers open pink, matures to white
Great for naturalizing
Height: 2-3 Feet
Spread: 18-24 Inches
Zone: 4-9
Color: Light Pink

Japanese Anemone Characteristics & Attributes

Exposure
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Sun with Moist Soil
Part Shade
Soil Moisture Needs
Good Drainage
Average
Moist
Dry
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Fall
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Growth Rate
Medium
Attributes
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.

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.