Late-flowering Japanese anemones bring a welcome dose of fresh colour to late summer and autumn with their delicate cup-shaped flowers. Andrea Atkinson forms a strong upright bushy plant and sports a profusion of beautiful single pure white blooms. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. 2 ½ to 3 ft. 2 litre pot.


The best of the white Japanese anemones in our experience: a really prolific bloomer over a long period. Better than Honorine Jobert, if we dare say that and outrage her many supporters. Not sure who the Andrea Atkinson in question is or was, though. But her plant is a winner.

Easy to look after: just cut back old stems to ground level in winter or early spring.

The name anemone has a tortured derivation via Old French from Latin from Greek, but it definitely has to do with the wind, hence the common name of windflower. Quite why is less certain: perhaps because people thought the flowers came out when the wind was blowing. William Turner, for example, in A New Herbal of 1560 asserted that 'The floure never openth it selfe, but when the wynde bloweth.' So there you have it.

Anemone Andrea Atkinson is a hardy perennial Japanese anemone with single pure white flowers in late summer and early autumn suitable for sun or semi-shade.

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