Anemones are amongst some of the showiest plants we have for the garden; and thankfully, the tuberous rooted species are some of the easiest to grow.
Anemone nemerosa is found on wooded hillsides throughout Europe. Digging up a colony reveals a mat of thin, woody stems that much resembles a writhing tangle of snakes – if only they would move a bit. This makes propagating straight forward as division of the “twigs” is all that is required. The result is a carpet of flowers (with 6 or more petals), mostly pure white in type. Of course gardeners being curious sorts, selections have been made. There is a plethora of colour variations and, as with snowdrops, nothing is more attractive than “the odd one.” A. nemerosa ‘Viridescens’ is most strange.