Flowers have many uses and one can derive sheer pleasure by just looking at them. Here, we take a look at one of the World’s most popular blooms – Anemone flowers.
Anemone flowers belong to a genus which contains around 120 species of flowering plants and they belong to the same family as the buttercup. The general consensus is that the word anemone is Greek for “daughter of the wind”.
Geographic Distribution of Anemone Flowers
Anemone flowers are found in the wild in Europe. They are also found in Japan and North America. In greenhouses, these flowers are also grown in several cold countries.
Meaning and Symbolism of Anemone Flowers
- This flower gets its name from the word “windflower” in Greek. According to Greek legends, this flower emerged from the tears of Aphrodite during her mourning for Adonis when he died.
- The closing of the petals of the Anemone flowers are said to bring good luck and to protect those around them from evil.
- There are other stories attached to this flower that speak of fairies that sleep under the petals. Due to all this folklore, Anemone flowers considered to symbolize anticipation.
Facts about Anemone Flowers
- These flowers are so stunningly attractive in vibrant colors of the rainbow that they are a hot favorite as garden plants.
- These flowers are perennials and are generally easy to grow.
- Anemone flowers usually have large and extremely brightly colored petals and yellow stamens creating a beautiful contrast.
- These flowers come in almost every imaginable color but the most predominant color is purple.
- These plants are perennials and have an underground rootstock attached to horizontal rhizomes.
- The most popular species of Anemone is the Japanese Anemone which blooms in autumn.
- Buttercups are also a kind of Anemone that are named from the rich, yellow petals, which is actually a rarity in this class of flowers as they seldom display yellow petals.
- Anemone flowers also have medicinal properties and are used to treat menstrual discomfort, cramps and are also helpful in the treatment of emotional stress.
Cultivation of Anemone Flowers
- Anemone flowers need rich, loamy soil with lots of matured manure.
- The soil needs to be dug just under the tubers.
- These plants are preferably grown in October.
- The plants are then likely to bloom in May and June, the following year.
- These plants are easy to grow from a seed and will give rise to a beautiful display of color in any garden or field.
- The Anemone plants can grow in full sunlight or in partially shaded areas but they should be kept out of extremely hot weather.
- The flowers are best cut in the early hours of the morning when the air is cool.
- Anemone flowers have a vase life of about 9 days.
- Anemone flowers are usually available at florists between the months of November and June.