• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Anemone coronaria

garden anemone

garden anemone

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  • Other common names garden anemone
    Irish anemone

    poppy windflower
    St Brigid's anemone

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  • Family Ranunculaceae

  • Genus Anemone are herbaceous perennials with fibrous, rhizomatous or tuberous rootstocks, palmately lobed leaves and saucer-shaped, usually 5-petalled flowers

  • Details A. coronaria is tuberous perennial with finely dissected, palmate leaves and solitary flowers to 7cm across, which may be red, violet-blue or white; there are also double-flowered cultivars


  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Columnar/Upright

  • Toxicity Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)




  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilLoam, Sand

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in a light, sandy soil in full sun. May need protection from winter frosts. Must be kept dry during dormancy

Propagation Propagate by seed, sowing them in containers in a cold frame when ripe or separate tubers in summer when dormant

Suggested planting locations and garden types Cottage & Informal Garden Mediterranean Climate Plants Patio & Container Plants Rock Garden

How to care

Pruning No pruning required

Pests Susceptible to leaf and bud eelworms and damage from slugs

Diseases May be infected by powdery mildews

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