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Discussion in 'Gardening Advice' started by wind1, Mar 28, 2017.
Saw these growing along the side of the road. Can anyone tell me what they are please.
Is it wood anemone ?
Agree with kittih.
I have some similar in my garden called Anemone blanda, in blue and white.
Certainly anemone but not wood, more like https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Anemone_blanda_MS_0152.jpg
Thanks for the clarification. Anemone was dredged from very deep in my brain somewhere. Impressed I was almost right
I'm with @kittih I think it is Anemone Nemorosa or wood anemone. I have bought both blue and white ones in the past hoping they would like my shady garden but the ones growing wild in profusion round here are all on banks beside fields and in very exposed conditions. The pic is a bit misleading because the anemone leaves are not as obvious as the larger leaves in the foreground.
They have less petals 6, while the ones in the picture have far more than that
I will try and get a photo of the leaf tomorrow. The flower is a very pale lilac colour. They look so pretty dotted along.
I know what you mean about the petals but Anemone Blanda is not native to this country and I have never seen a wild one. It is the colour of the pic that reminds me of nemorosa which only have up to 8 petals. Keble Martin mentions Anemone Apennina which is a garden escape found growing wild and I wonder if it could be that. Perhaps it could cross with the native nemorosa and produce that lilac blue that @wind1 describes.
It's definitely an Anemone!
Most likely it's Anenome blanda that's escaped from a garden - perhaps dumped with some compost or carried by a bird, then naturalised.
Here is the leaf
I have just been looking at my Anemone Nemorosa and it has finer cut leaves than this but I think that Blanda leaves are also finer. I have never grown one so somebody else could say. The Anemone Apennina may have the right leaves. It would still be a garden escape but could have mutated to the colour you saw. www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/1214/Anemone-apennina/Details
The trouble with leaves is that grown in shade or full sun, dry conditions or wet, compost or bare ground can make an awful lot of difference to how they look.
I was at a friends today, she lives just along the road from where I saw these. She has some in her garden so is going to dig some up for me once they've finished flowering. Result!