The Anemone is also called the Windflower, and Lily-of-the-Field. The name is derived from the Greek word ‘anemos’ meaning ‘wind’. The flowers of the taller types are carried on long, wiry stems and nod gracefully in a breeze.
There are a number of different species and cultivars. Anemone flowers come in vibrant shades of red, pink, blue, purple, and white, and have a dark center, sometimes ringed with white. But a white Anemone flower usually has a yellow-green center. Cut flower blooms are borne on slender stems up to 30 cm long.
Anemone cut flowers are mainly available from September to May. The best time to buy an Anemone flower is when the petals have started to separate from the center, but are not lying flat.
Anemonesare native to the eastern Mediterranean area and Asia Minor. In Greekmyth the goddess Flora was jealous that her husband was attracted to the nymph Anemone. So she turned Anemone into the wind flower, leaving her at the mercy of the cruel North Wind.
Medicinally the Romans used the Anemonefor preventing fever; it has also been applied to heal bruises and freckles. The Anemone has been used to treat cramp pains, menstrual problems and emotional distress. Anemones contain an acrid, poisonous chemical called anemonin. The Chinese associated an Anemone flower with death. They are now grown throughout Europe, especially in Italy and Israel.
Anemone Flower Care
1. Unpack your flowers straightaway. Fill a clean vase with clean lukewarm water and add a floral preservative solution, following the instructions provided.
2. Remove any leaves that would be below the water level in the vase. and any damaged leaves or flowers.
3. Cut off about 1 inch (2.5cm) from the bottom of the flower stems, with the stems under water; this is to maintain good water uptake. Make the cut at an angle so that the flower stems do not rest flat on the bottom of the vase.
4. Arrange your flowers in the vase so that they are attractively displayed.
5. In Anemone care it is important to keep them in a cool place and out of direct sunlight. Avoid draughts which will dehydrate the flowers. They do not like very hot or cold areas. In a hot place in the direct sun the flowers will soon die. Avoid standing the vase on electrical appliances because they give off heat. Place the vase in an evenly lit location to avoid stem curvature – the flowers bend towards the light.
Bent stems can be straightened out by wrapping them tightly in wet paper and placed, facing inwards, in a cool, dark spot, standing in water. They will straighten up as they imbibe water.
6. Check the water level frequently for an Anemone flower takes up a lot of liquid. Top up the vase with lukewarm water. Anemone flowers do not like being out of water for any length of time. And they do not like to be in deep water either.
7. Regularly remove damaged, or dying flowers and foliage. This helps the flowers last longer.
8. After 4 days remove the flowers from the vase. And cut off about 1 inch (2.5 sm.) from the bottom of the flower stems under water and at an angle . This will maintain good water uptake.
Vase life is 5-6 days at least, and if you give an Anemone care, it can last up to 10 days. The Anemone flower can be dried.