Anemone Wild Swan ('Macane001') (PBR)

RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year 2011

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Buy Anemone Wild Swan ('Macane001') (PBR) RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year 2011: RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year 2011

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • 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
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    The winner of the 2011 Chelsea New Plant of the Year, this anemone was discovered, and has been trialled 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.

    These plants can be quite difficult to grow, so are probably better suited to the more experienced gardener.

  • 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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Fantastic little plants


I bought 3 of these a couple of years ago, hoping they'd brighten up a dappled shady area under a tree. They're fantastic little plants. They've flowered continuously this year since April and it's now August and they're still going strong with lots of buds on them.

Kathryn the gardener


Graceful and long flowering


I bought this anemone several years ago and it has taken a while to get established, however, I would say it is worth the wait. This year it looks strong and healthy. It started flowering in May and is still going strong. The graceful bright white flowers, shine amongst the green foliage. Certainly a favourite plant in my garden.

Lady Florence

South Wales


healthy thriving plant


This is a great asset to the garden as once established flowers constantly throughout the spring and summer. Acquired my first one at RHS Wisley but made the mistake of trying to move it. Most garden centres do not stock this particular variety, will leave this one alone to do what it does best.




I wouldn't buy again, too difficult to establish


Loved the look of these plants and bought 3. 2 died within weeks of being planted. One made it through winter and started growing again in spring but in the hotter summer faded away and let me with none. Never saw a single one of the interesting blooms.




A beautiful addition to the garden


I planted them in my front borders to give colour for a long period of time-they are so beautiful and delicate looking but are tougher than they look-already this year all the leaves are out and really healthy and looking forward to another beautiful display this year

Indian Summer

West Sussex


The flowers of this plant are just so beautiful!


This is a small plant so great for a small garden and would probably work well in a pot too. The white flowers are absolutely beautiful with purple stripes down the back of the petals. The flowers also last a long time.




Flowered for months


Lovely healthy plants that only stopped flowering with the frosts. I have read reviews that have said these are difficult but I have found them rewarding and easy on my clay soil - would definitely buy again. Elegant plant with lovely flowes




Very pretty


Love anemone but didn't want the more invasive plants in flower section of allotment. Think they suffered establishing with very hot summer in 2018 as they were more productive as weather cooled. Only two of the the three lived, the one that was very weak and sickly on arrival (which I reported) survived on planting out.




A winner


This anemone is a winner. It was planted out as a very young plant in mid-February 2018 and it had to endure three lots of "beasts from the east" up here in N. Yorkshire, yet by mid-May it was producing its first flowers which were long lasting and aesthetically very pretty. Furthermore the flowering season continued non-stop into late September. However care has to be taken to keep the surrounding soil fairly moist and it does need to have some shade, especially in a very hot summer.

Kate of Yorkshire

N. Yorkshire


Lovely plant, looks beautiful in the garden


These were lovely plants and look great, I am sure they will get better year after year.





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Hi, can I plant them in a pot ?


Yes, I have seen them growing in pots, however they can be tricky, and ultimately will be happier in the ground.


Hi. I have a large clump (planted last summer) that I would like to move. Is this the right time of the year (end of May) and are they moveable without killing them?? Thanks


Hello, How lovely to have a large clump of these! I would not touch them however until they go into their dormant phase, so if you are going to lift and divide them, do it from late autumn to late winter.


I would love to plant my new plot in the garden with Anenome Wild Swan as it sounds amazing, but my soil is clay ish and it is in the shade, not dark but never sunny. I wonder if it would thrive if I put in a lot of manure, grit and new topsoil in the bed before planting. Would this be suitable? Would that be enough?

English rose

Hello, These plants prefer a freely draining soil, so if you can improve the drainage of your clay-based soil, then it should be OK. My main concern however comes from the fact that the area does not receive any sun at all, as although they are happy in partial shade, they do need a little filtered sun.


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 bedford

jolo bedford

Hello, 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.


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