Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc. Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

Anemone sylvestris


A delightful late spring bloomer with delicate charm and an iron constitution. Pure white flowers, measuring nearly 2 in. across, are borne singly on bare stems above the attractive dark green, divided foliage. For added ornamental value, the lovely blossoms leave behind interesting white, wooly seed heads as they fade.  This species of anenome spreads by running rhizomes, making it a choice groundcover for partially shaded areas. It will grow in any type of soil, but will spread more quickly in loose, sandy loam.

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12-15 in


12-18 in

Hardiness Zone:

3 - 8

Windflower Growing and Maintenance Tips

Anenome sylvestris grows best in loose soils and part shade. It will tolerate more sun, however, if ample moisture is available. Though this species grows like a groundcover, it can easily be kept in bounds. New plantlets are easily lifted. The lush foliage makes an ideal cover for the dying foliage of spring bulbs.

Anemone sylvestris Characteristics


  • Edging
  • Ground Cover
  • Border
  • Cut Flower / or Foliage

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant


  • Sun Tolerant
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Rapid

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Spring / Early Summer

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average

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