The flowers are held well above the attractive neat green foliage, at twilight the flower closes to a nodding lilac-blue and white bell. Wonderful as a long lasting cut flower, a great idea for wedding bouquets!
This Anemone hybrid is very unique among herbaceous perennials with a female parent plant of rupicola, making it a larger and more vigorous plant, continuous prolific flowering from late May until mid November frosts, much longer than Japanese anemone hybrids.
2011: Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year award to Anemone Wild Swan
” The award has been given to a marvelous performing new perennial plant. Not only does it exhibit a long flowering habit but is also an exciting flower “.
” I am absolutely thrilled that Wild Swan” has been voted plant of the year “, says Jim Gardener, Director of Horticulture at the Royal Horticultural Society. ” This plant is going to be a great addition to the border with its subtle shades and longevity of flowering. ”
2013: Farwest Show, Portland Oregon,U.S.A. “Best in Show” entered by Monrovia Growers.
Flowers: white/ lilac blue bands on the back , 7-9 cm across open through the day, then flowers close to bells with a beautiful nodding habit in the evening and early morning.
Blooming season: exceptionally long blooming period, mid June to mid October
Zone: 5-8 the plant has been observed grown outdoors in Scotland since 2004 and proved to be perennial hardy to minus 10 degrees C (14 degrees F)
Mature Size: H40- 60cm, a vigorous sterile spreading perennial , flower size 9cm diameter
Care: Wild Swan is very well behaved, it stays where you put it and does not invade its neighbors as can happen with Japanese Anemones. It has a vigorous habit and does best in a rich and fertile soil which does not become too dry, but good drainage is important. In the south, dappled shade would be a good environment.Later flowering benefits from removal of spent flowers As it is such a heavy bloomer adding some fertilizer from time to time is helpful.
Inventor: Elizabeth and Alasdair MacGregor, bred in S/W Scotland
Availability: please contact Pride of Place Plants for information on where to purchase tissue culture plants.