Grecian Windflower (Anemone blanda 'Blue Shades')

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 6-12 inches
Leaves: Spring ephemeral
Other: they disappear in hot dry summers and reappear sometimes in the fall with the cooler temps and rain
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Spring
Underground structures: Bulb
Uses: Will Naturalize
Propagation: Seeds: Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Bulbs

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Location: Morpeth, Northumberland, UKDate: 2014-04-08On my lunchtime walk near my office.  These look wonderful plante
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2018-03-30
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5Date: 2011-04-10One of my favorite plants - entirely care-free.
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2015-03-26
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Location: Indiana  Zone 5Date: 2008-04-20
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2018-03-13forcing check
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Location: New York Botanical Gardens Bronx NYDate: 2018-04-28
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Location: Part Shade Zone 6Date: 2011-04-27
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2012-03-19
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2018-03-23
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2012-03-19
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2012-03-19Recently matured from seedling
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2017-10-25
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2018-03-20Forced
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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on Oct 11, 2014 1:45 PM

I love seeing these little daisy beauties every spring. They attract bees, giving them a source of early nectar, and that warms my heart. I've planted the other colors of Anemone blanda before, but the blue shades are my favorite ones to plant and grow. I've always read that tubers should be soaked in water overnight before planting, but if you plant in soil that is consistently moist during the growing season, they can be soaked for only a couple of hours before planting. These little bulbs look something like hardened brown raisins and don't have a distinctive top and bottom, so plant them on their sides so that they will come up and bloom. When planting, make sure it is going to be a spot that you aren't going to be digging up later. Otherwise, you'll be digging up future blooms. Wonderful and easy to grow!

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Posted by critterologist (Frederick, MD - Zone 6b) on Apr 12, 2012 6:51 AM

What a weird looking "bulb" -- like a bark nugget. I seem to end up planting them in fairly wet soil, so I don't bother soaking them first. Their bloom time overlaps with oriental hyacinths and mini daff 'Rip van WInkle'

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