Anemone coronaria (De Caen Group) 'Hollandia'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: light, sandy soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: March to April
- Flower colour: red and white with a black eye
- Other features: useful as cut flowers
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Bulb size: 5/6
A low growing tuberous perennial, which is much-loved for its large, black-eyed, red flowers, which appear in spring over mounds of finely dissected foliage. The velvet-like petals form large open bowls, and gradually open out even further before they fall to create saucer-like plates. They make charming cut flowers and look lovely at the front of a sunny border.
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