Blue Anemone - Anemone apennina


This species grows to approximately 20 cm tall. It has leaves divided into three toothed and lobed segments. Flowers solitary, to 3.5cm wide, with 10 to 15 narrowly oblong blue petals, above a whorl of three small stem leaves.

Similar Species

Anemone blanda.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Separated from similar species by the hairiness of sepals and leaves.  It may be necessary to provide a specimen to the County Recorder in order to gain species verification.


Usually found as an escape from cultivation, and often close to habitation.

When to see it

Flowering in early spring.

Life History

Rhizomatous perennial.

UK Status

There are widespread records of this plant having naturalised, at least briefly in Britain.

VC55 Status

Rarely recorded in the wild in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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