Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
There are several species or types of bulbs that are known as anemones with all of thes suitable for cut flowers.
Related to the ranunculus, these are used as a mass flower. If you have enough at one time, they make a great bouquet.
Sometimes, the stems may have a tendency to bend towards the light. If this starts to happen, just rotate the vase or container a quarter turn each day from the direction of the light source. Their vase life is about a week or so.
The poppy anemone is also known as the lily-of-the-field. This anemone is popularly used as cut flowers. It often has larger blooms that are more brightly colored than the typical Grecian windflowers. Poppy red is a typical color. Depending on the type being grown, the poppy anemones have dark centers.
Typically, the poppy anemones reach about 1½ feet or so in height, and they bloom mostly during the summer. Ones that are forced in greenhouses may be available at other times. They are reliably winter hardy only in zones seven through nine. Elsewhere, they are grown as annuals. They grow well in partial shade to full sun. The blossoms may be single, semi-double, or fully double. There is often a splashy contrasting eye around the center.
Several types of poppy anemones are available. Two kinds in particular are preferred for cut flowers. The De Caen anemones are typically singles. These stems reach 14 inches in height. They come in a colorful mix of shades, including red, pink, white, and blue.
The St. Brigid anemones are also a favorite. Sometimes called the peony-flowered anemone, it is really a type of poppy anemone. These have semi-double blooms. The colors are similar to those seen in the De Caen types.
The Grecian windflower is also known as anemone. These lovely daisy-like blossoms open during early spring. They reach two inches in diameter. The centers are often greenish-yellow. Some are bicolor with a whitish eye around the center.
Grecian windflowers come in a wide selection of colors, including white, pinks, blue, and purple. These open on short stems that are about six inches or so in height. These do well in zones four through nine. Mine always did well in partial shade. However, they can tolerate full sun for part of the day. These are resistant to deer.