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Anemone × hybrida Whirlwind

Japanese anemone

Compact form with stunning bright white flowers

A compact Japanese anemone with semi-double white flowers with golden stamens carried on strong slender stems up to 60cm (2ft) tall in late summer and autumn. The dark green leaves enhance the flowers beautifully, so this is the perfect plant to light up a shaded corner. One of the most tolerant varieties which reliable produces a wonderful display of flowers.  The perfect addition to any green and white planting scheme to extend the season.


Plant in semi-shade or shade in beds and borders. Ideal under the dappled shade of deciduous trees. A good companion to other perennials to extend the season.


Any reasonably fertile soil that is not too dry. Cut back flower stems and dead leaves in winter. Needs no support. 

The poppy-like flowers of Japanese anemones often depict the Christmas rose on greetings cards

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Summer, Autumn
Flowering September - October
Evergreen No
Plant height 50 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 10 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 100 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H7

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From March to September