This spring flower never fails to delight me when it opens up its petals. Also called ‘Balkan Anemone’, ‘Winter Windflower’, ‘Sapphire Anemone’ or ‘Grecian Windflower’, it has a wonderful array of violet-blue petals surrounding a golden disc centre. It has a rhizome root system, and palmately lobed leaves.
It flowers February to April. It is mainly cultivated and found in gardens and parks, and is occasionally naturalised as a garden throw-out. Originally from SE Europe and Turkey, and has become widely planted.
March 2014, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2014.