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Grape-leaved anemone is an old-fashioned, fast-growing, spreading perennial with coarse, seven-lobed, grape-like leaves. The fall-blooming, 2 inch wide, pale pink flowers rise above the foliage. It thrives in sun or shade.

  • Family (English) Buttercup
  • Family (botanic) Ranunculaceae
  • Tree or plant type Perennial
  • Native locale Non-native
  • Size range Large plant (more than 24 inches)
  • Light exposure Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), Partial sun / shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
  • Hardiness zones Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5 (Northern Illinois), Zone 6 (City of Chicago), Zone 7, Zone 8
  • Soil preference Moist, well-drained soil
  • Tolerances Alkaline soil, clay soil, Occasional drought
  • Season of interest late summer, early fall, mid fall
  • Flower color and fragrance Pink, White
  • Shape or form Creeping, Mounded, Thicket-forming
  • Growth rate Fast


Grape-leaved anemone is a hardy, fall-blooming perennial reaching 3 to 4 feet high and 2 to 3 feet wide.

Native geographic location and habitat:

It is native to high mountains of northern China.

Attracts birds, pollinators, or wildlife:

This perennial attracts butterflies and other pollinators.

Bark color and texture:

It has brown to yellow-brown bark that is corky and furrowed.

Leaf description:

It has grape-like, seven-lobed, dark green foliage.

Flower description:

They produce open, airy, clusters of 2 1/2 inch diameter, mauve-pink flowers with showy yellow stamens.

Fruit, cone, nut and seed descriptions:

This perennial has a fluffy seed head.


Plant Care:

Grape-leaved anemone grows best in part shade, although will grow in sun with adequate moisture. It prefers humus-rich soil. The woody stems of grape-leaved anemone is late to emerge in spring and flowers in late summer. This plant is an aggressive spreader.

Disease, pest, and problem resistance:

There aren’t any serious pests or diseases. It is deer and rabbit resistant.

Robust grape-leaved anemone (Anemone tomentosa ‘Robustissima’):

This cultivar grows 3 to 4 feet high and 2 to 3 feet wide. Fall-blooming, mauve-pink flowers have showy yellow stamens.


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