Blue Anemone - Anemone apennina

    Description

    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.

    Habitat

    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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