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Anemone sylvestris (Snowdrop anemone)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.5m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Anemone sylvestris

Other names

Snowdrop anemone, Snowdrop windflower

Genus

Anemone Anemone

Species

A. sylvestris - A. sylvestris is vigorous, suckering, deciduous perennial with long-stalked, rounded to oval, deeply divided, mid-green leaves and, from in late spring and early summer, wiry stems bearing, cup-shaped, lightly fragrant, white flowers with prominent yellow stamens. Flowers are followed by white, woolly seed heads.


Anemone sylvestris is: Deciduous

Fragrance

Flower are fragrant

Habit

Clump-forming, Spreading

Toxicity

Consuming can cause stomach upset and contact with skin can cause mild irritation.

Flower

White in Spring; White in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Resistant to grazing by deer and rabbits.

Specific pests

Caterpillars , Slugs Caterpillars , Slugs

Powdery mildew Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Deadhead to encourage further flowering. Cut back after flowering.

Propagation

Sow seed in a cold frame as soon as ripe. Germination is slow and erratic. Divide in early spring.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Anemone sylvestris (Snowdrop anemone) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Underplanting, Wildflower, Woodland

Cultivation

Prefers humus-rich, moist but well-drained, loose, alkaline soil in partial shade but easily tolerates full sun and well-drained conditons. Tends to spready aggressively in loose soils. Growing in clay can slow down the spread. Avoid waterlogged soil.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Anemone sylvestris

Other names

Snowdrop anemone, Snowdrop windflower

Genus

Anemone Anemone

Species

A. sylvestris - A. sylvestris is vigorous, suckering, deciduous perennial with long-stalked, rounded to oval, deeply divided, mid-green leaves and, from in late spring and early summer, wiry stems bearing, cup-shaped, lightly fragrant, white flowers with prominent yellow stamens. Flowers are followed by white, woolly seed heads.

Native to

Caucasus, Europe

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

Flower are fragrant

Habit

Clump-forming, Spreading

Toxicity

Consuming can cause stomach upset and contact with skin can cause mild irritation.


Colour

Flower

White in Spring; White in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Resistant to grazing by deer and rabbits.

Specific pests

Caterpillars , Slugs

Specific diseases

Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Deadhead to encourage further flowering. Cut back after flowering.

Propagation

Sow seed in a cold frame as soon as ripe. Germination is slow and erratic. Divide in early spring.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Anemone sylvestris (Snowdrop anemone) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Underplanting, Wildflower, Woodland

Cultivation

Prefers humus-rich, moist but well-drained, loose, alkaline soil in partial shade but easily tolerates full sun and well-drained conditons. Tends to spready aggressively in loose soils. Growing in clay can slow down the spread. Avoid waterlogged soil.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Anemone sylvestris (Snowdrop anemone)

Common pest name

Scientific pest name

Tomato yellow ring virus

Type

Virus or Viroid

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Virus with a broad host range; but found most commonly on tomato. Detected in Europe for the first time in 2013/14; on tomato plants in Poland.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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This plant is featured at Chelsea Flower Show 2009

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