April 17, 2010

Anemone ranunculoides

Of the many choice, tiny woodland ephemeral anemone's blooming, the understated Anemone ranunculoides stands out, not only because it is yellow, and very 'Ranunculus' like, it seems to spread more quickly than some of the other woodland anemones. 
With at least 6 different wood anemones blooming right now, some double and others pink, or large white and violet, the tiny yellow wood anemone is still quite pretty. Although the Anemone nemorosa forms are much nicer, the fact that this is a yellow anemone, still makes it worth tracking down for use in woodland plantings, or in those hard-to-fill spaces, such as under dwarf Japanese Maples, or under deciduous shrubs. Preferring to go dry in the summer, like most woodland ephemerals, these are not really that difficult to grow at all. I plant the plants in spring, and then forget about them, as they form small colonies under the various shrubs and small trees we have. Then, every spring, the wood anemones emerge, bloom, and then go dormant for the rest of the summer. 

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