Japanese anemone ‘Praecox’

Anemone hupehensis ‘Praecox’ is a dark pink, single-flowered perennial that spreads by suckering. Anemone means “daughter of wind’ in ancient Greek which is why it is also called windflower.

This cultivar is one of the earlier fall-blooming anemones. By late summer its 30” flowering stems reach above the leaves to display creamy pink-petaled flowers with green-yellow centers. Originally native to forest edges and clearings in China, this species has been naturalized in Japan for hundreds of years. It is a clump forming perennial, growing its compound foliage to about a foot tall. It continues to flower until it is knocked down by frost in the fall. The flowers give way to fluffy seed heads resembling balls of cotton floating through the garden.

Botanical Name Anemone hupehensis ‘Praecox’
Common Name Japanese anemone ‘Praecox’
Family Ranunculaceae
USDA Zone 4 thru 8
Light Requirement Full Sun to Part Shade
Season(s) of interest summer, fall, winter
Height and Spread 1.5-2.5ft x 1-1.5ft (45-75cm x 30-45cm)
Flower Color Pink
Attracts Wildlife Attracts Pollinators, Rarely Browsed by Mammalian Herbivores
Additional Information Not Native to the US Midwest. Horticultural origin. Species native to Central China.
Location in Lurie Garden North Dark Plate, Southeast Dark Plate