Anemone blanda Schott & Kotschy

Perennial herb to about 20 cm tall with a contorted rhizome. Basal leaves mostly absent. Those leaves immediately below the flowers (to 5 cm down the stem) are stalked and deeply divided. Flowers single, 2-4 cm wide, purplish to blue, white or pink. Perianth segments mostly 10-15; spring. Fruit achenes 1-2 mm long.

Various flower colour cultivars have been produced including 'Charmer', 'Radar' and 'White Splendour'.

SE Europe, W Asia

Leaves below flowers deeply dissected. Anemone apennina is similiar but with more slender brown, non-clustered rhizomes.

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Ranunculaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Ranunculanae
order      Ranunculales
family       Ranunculaceae
genus        Anemone L.