Anemone hupehensis Lemoine
USDA, NRCS. 2006. The PLANTS Database, 6 March 2006 (http://plants.usda.gov). Data compiled from various sources by Mark W. Skinner. National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.
The Anemone hupehensis (commonly known as the Japanese anemone, Japanese thimbleweed, or Japanese windflower) is an herbaceous perennial of the Ranunculaceae (buttercup) family and the Anemone genus. The Japanese anemone's name comes from the Greek word for "wind", and other anemones are sometimes called windflowers. The flower blooms from around July to October and appears best in the late summer or early fall. The plant thrives best in shady areas and under protection of larger plants and in all but the hottest and the driest conditions in the United States They are especially sensitive to drought and overwatering. The plant grows about 3–4 feet tall with a spread of about 1.5–2 feet. Its blooms are white, purple, or pink with yellow stamens. Its foliage is green and is deciduous. It produces three-parted leaves in clumps about two feet wide with the flowers themselves about 2–2.5 inches in diameter. The Anemone hupehensis can also be invasive or weedy in some areas. This is a result of their tendency to spread quickly if left alone, although they take a longer time to establish at first.
Although commonly called the Japanese anemone, the species is native to Central China, though it has been naturalized in Japan for hundreds of years. The species was first named and described in Flora Japonica (1784), by Carl Thunberg. Thunberg had collected dried specimens while working as a doctor for the Dutch East Indies Company. In 1844, Robert Fortune brought the plant to England from China, where he found it often planted about graves. The Japanese anemone itself is actually a hybrid (Anemone X hybrida), Anemone hupehensis var. japonica.
1. ^ "Anemone hupehensis/ Anemone japonica". Rob's Plants. http://www.robsplants.com/plants/AnemoHupeh.php. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
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