Anemone Wild Swan ('Macane001') (PBR)
anemone Wild Swan
- Position: partial shade
- Soil: well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
- Flowering period: May to November
- Flower colour: white with a blue reverse
- Other features: contact with the sap may cause skin irritation
- Hardiness: fully hardy
The winner of the 2011 Chelsea New Plant of the Year, this plant was discovered, and has been trialed for the last 10 years by Elizabeth MacGregor on her nursery in Scotland. It is believed to be a cross between early and late flowering forms (possibly A. rupicola & A. hupehensis), and the result is a plant which flowers intermittently from May to November. Each pure white petal has a distinct grey-blue streak along the reverse, so when in bud, or when the flowers nod and half close (in the mornings and evenings) the flowers look bluish, but when they are fully open they are a dazzling pure white. Ideal for the woodland garden or partially shaded bed, its long flowering period and pretty colouring is sure to make this new kid on the block very popular indeed.
- Garden care: Cut back the stalks after the flowers have faded, and tidy up old dead leaves in March. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant in spring.
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Q:I purchased one of these plants at your second Chelsea sale this year and until a few days ago it has been fine. Suddenly it it virtually dead. Leaves all shrivelled and the stems have become prone. I have watered the plant appropriately every day and it is placed in a partially shaded bed. I get several cats come into my garden could they be the culprits by spraying their urine on the plant? What is your advise please. jolo bedfordAsked on 29/7/2014 by jolo bedford from bedford
This sudden deterioration could certainly have been caused by the cats, in which case there is little you can do. It may also be caused by too much water though, particularly if you are watering every day. Ideally, you should give it a good soak and then wait until the soil gets reasonably dry before repeating the process again. Perhaps if you cut back a little the plant may pick up.Answered on 31/7/2014 by helen from crocus
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