Anemone X coronaria: Poppy Anemone

Up to now this website has dealt with house plants, in other words ones that are grown for interior decoration. But what is an interior? Many people live in houses where the living area is directly linked with a patio by sliding glass doors. City dwellers often have a balcony or terrace adjoining their flat, and, of course, practically everyone has a window-sill. These are all spaces that belong to the home and furthermore they are areas that are exposed to the view of passers by. For this reason we have decided to conclude this website with at least a sampling of plants, both annuals and perennials, for ‘exterior’ decoration that will add beauty to your living quarters from outside. This survey is truly brief, designed to serve only as a mere reminder of the many possibilities and ways of decorating such spaces. Readers who want further and more detailed information will find it in special books on the subject.

Anemone coronaria is a tuberous plant native to the Mediterranean region, the Near East and Asia Minor. The large flowers are white, pink, pale violet, deep blue, or scarlet and that is why this variable species soon became a subject of interest for nurserymen. The first crossings with related species, chiefly with Anemone pavonina, were carried out as early as the 16th century and so nowadays a wide range of lovely cultivars in various colours and forms (single, semi-double or double) is available.

The poppy anemone is a plant that flowers in spring and early summer. The tubers may be planted either in autumn (the plants will then flower in early May) or in spring. Before planting they should be immersed in lukewarm water for 24 hours. The growing medium should be a sandy, humusy mixture with some peat added. The window-box should be placed in a slightly shaded window for the flowers wilt fairly rapidly in full sun. In a shaded spot they will remain unchanged for about 10 days and cut flowers will last for about a week in water. The tubers should be lifted and put in a dry, frost-free spot for the winter; in warmer regions they may be left in place but then the box should at least be provided with a cover of evergreen twigs.

15. November 2011 by Dave Pinkney
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