Balkan Anemone - Anemone blanda

    Description

    This plant grows to 15 cm tall and broad. It has daisy-like flowers The flowers are an intense shade of purple blue, but occasionally in shades of pink and white. The dark green foliage dies down in summer. The 'petals' of Anemones are really highly coloured, large sepals. The main leaves of this species are glabrous on the underside.

    Similar Species

    A apennina - several records exist for VC55 and it may be commoner than A blanda

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Sepals and leaves glabrous on the underside; ripe achenes pendent

    Recording advice

    Photos of flower, or of seed-head showing achenes, plus good photo of leaf underside

    Habitat

    It grows in well-drained soil which dries out in summer. Rarely found far from habitation and rarely persisting although it has the potential to colonise any favourable location.

    When to see it

    Flowering April and May.

    Life History

    An herbaceous, tuberous perennial.

    UK Status

    Widespread but occasional in England and Wales as a casual escape from cultivation. 

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland as a casual escape from cultivation. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire, ans is not listed in the current VC55 Checklist (Jeeves 2011).

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map