Anemone Elfin Swan ('Macane017'PBR)
windflower 'Elfin Swan'
A compact, clump-forming rhizomatous perennial with toothed, palmate, dark fresh green leaves and erect graceful branching stems. Numerous icy white, lilac-blue backed, semi-double cupshaped nodding flowers with yellow centres appear from early summer to early autumn.
Buy this plant
Ultimate height0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height2–5 years
Ultimate spread0.1–0.5 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
|Summer||Blue Purple White||Green|
|Autumn||Blue Purple White|
- Full sun
- Partial shade
North–facing or South–facing or East–facing or West–facing
ExposureExposed or Sheltered
- Native to the UK
- Clump forming
- Potentially harmful
- Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset, and skin contact may cause mild irritation. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Anemone are herbaceous perennials with fibrous, rhizomatous or tuberous rootstocks, palmately lobed leaves and saucer-shaped, usually 5-petalled flowers
- Name status
How to grow
Thrives in mass planting in moist, humus-rich soil in full sun or shady woodland settings. Spreads rapidly once established. Dislikes bing moved and winter wet.
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Cottage and informal garden
- Flower borders and beds
- Underplanting of roses and shrubs
- Cut flowers
May require staking in late summer. Cut back in late autumn.
May be attacked by caterpillars and slugs
May be susceptible to powdery mildew
The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.