Anemone is a member of the Ranunculaceae family of plants. It is a perennial with basal leaves and longleaf stems that are usually upright. Anemone was named by Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778) the Swedish botanist. It is native to the Mediterranean region. Anemone coronaria is a herbaceous perennial that grows to about 40cm or 18in tall. It has a basal rosette of leaves and the leaves are deeply lobed almost parsley like.
Anemone coronaria or the Poppy Anemone, Spanish Marigold, or the Windflower is called Shaqa’iq An-Nu’man شقيقة النعمان in Arabic and it might be due to the Sumerian God of food and vegetation Neaman who died of his wounds while hunting. In Hebrew, it is called Kalanit Metzuya meaning the bride and common. The red Anemone coronaria is the national flower of the State of Israel.
Anemone coronaria ‘Mona Lisa® Deep Blue’ is a hybrid with beautiful blue or violet flowers. The flowers are about 10cm or 4in wide and appear in spring and summer. The flowers have a black center. It is cultivated as a cut flower.
Plant Anemone coronaria ‘Mona Lisa Deep Blue’ in the sun in light sandy soil. To plant the tubers, soak them and then plant them about 5cm or 2in deep in early autumn. They usually don’t like a very wet environment during the dormant season. Anemone coronaria ‘Mona Lisa Deep Blue’ is hardy.