GRAPE LEAF ANEMONE
Anemone tomentosa is a beautiful Chinese Windflower, with large rose pink flowers.
And the large, disc shaped blooms are held in plentiful clusters on long stalks above grape leaf like foliage, to sway gracefully in the breeze.
Showy display after all the heat
Anemone tomentosa gives a great garden display of flowers over late summer and autumn, just when you and the garden need reviving after all the heat of summer.
Flowers always look fresh and airy on their tall, branching stems, and they also make pretty vases of cut flowers.
And it is rated amongst the longest blooming of hardy plants.
Then the flowers are followed by decorative woolly seed pods.
Bomb-proof easy to grow
Anemone tomentosa is a very tall growing perennial Windflower.
So it is ideal for the back of the border, and is hardy enough to be just about called bomb-proof.
It is one of the favourites in my autumn garden and is thankfully fairly dry hardy once established.
So it will tolerate a wide range of conditions, from Full Sun to Shade, and I find it indispensable under our big old trees.
It will gently spread, and can form great drifts if left to it’s own devices.
Low maintenance & well behaved
Anemone tomentosa is rarely if ever troubled by any pests and diseases.
And even rabbits and deer are not attracted to it.
Though butterflies and beneficial pollinating insects find the flowers a good source of nectar when other flowers are wilting after the heat.
Plus it is salt-tolerant, suitable for coastal planting, and seems to thrive in less than ideal soils of many types from sand to clay.
And it can also tolerate wet periods if necessary.
So it is a great plant to naturalize on tricky banks, where it can bind the soil, and tough corners where you want something to capably look after itself.
1.5m High in bloom x 0.75m. Wide foliage clump.
SEED SOWING ADVICE:
INDOORS: Sow seed in punnets on surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Then gently pat the seeds onto the surface of the mix, to ensure good contact.
Now cover seed the seed to a depth of approx. 2mm.
And you can use sieved mix, or fine grit, or vermiculite, or washed sand to sprinkle over the seeds.
Then place the sown punnet into a water bath (make sure the water level in the bath is below the surface of the mix).
So the moisture percolates up through the mix from the bottom to thoroughly moisten the mix throughout.
Soak for a short time until moisture appears on the surface of the mix, and then remove and drain.
Because the mix needs to be moist throughout, but not wet.
Now place the moist punnet in a warm, well-lit position (not in direct sun).
Adding a clear plastic cover helps to retain moisture in the punnet.
Temperatures of 20-25°C approx. are best for rapid and optimum germination.
You can use a temperature-controlled heat mat if you have one to encourage rapid germination, but it is not essential.
A window-sill or well-lit corner is also fine.
And continue to keep the punnet moist by spraying the surface of the mix a fine spray water bottle, or re-soaking in the water bath, as required.
(If the punnet is light weight when you pick it up – the mix is drying out and needs another soak from below in the water bath).
Seedlings emerge from approx. 28 days on.
Do not discard the punnet too quickly, as it is natural for this plant to stagger the germination of it’s seeds as a precaution.
SEED COUNT: 20 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).
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