Pretty in Pink & Purple no. 4

The above “double” form is rarely seen in Japan, but the more common ones are the ones below.

Anemones are used a lot in gardens in Japan, especially with the English cottage garden fad.

Anemone in Greek means “daughter of the wind”.

The plant is a genus of about 120 species of flowering plants in the buttercup family Ranunculaceae in the north and south temperate zones. They are closely related to Pasque flowers (Pulsatilla) and Hepaticas (Hepatica); some botanists include both of these genera within Anemone. (Source: Wikipedia)

One anemone that is indigenous to Japan is the Anemone japonica or Anemone hupehensis var. japonica (see photo below) or

Japanese Anemone (Anemone hupehensis var. japonica) (Shumeigiku in Japanese)

These perennials have flowers that have nectaries, but petals are missing in the majority of species. One local species of Anemone japonica has lopsided charm because of this.

Japanese anemone with lopsided charm and graduated colour


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