Hardy, late summer to fall-blooming perennial
Description: Pale rose to mauve, 5-petaled, slightly cup-shaped flowers with distinctive yellow stamens rise on long, narrow, branching stems above basal growth of dark green foliage
Habit: Flower stems grow 2-3 feet tall by bloom time
Culture: Prefers full sun to part shade and well-drained, fertile soil
Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 through 8
Named in 1908 for the Chinese province of Hupeh from which it hails, this anemone naturalized in Japan centuries ago, thus the early botanic name of A. japonica. Japanese Anemone was introduced to western gardens by plant hunter Robert Fortune in 1844. In Our Garden Flowers (1910), Harriet Keeler declared, "[t]he autumnal equinox comes and goes, but the Anemones bloom on, careless of threatening skies or pinching cold".
A. hupehensis may require staking but is generally a low-maintenance plant that is great for cutting and makes an impact in the fall garden, especially if planted in large groupings.
Japanese Anemone (Anemone hupehensis) arrives in a 6" pot.