Often called windflower, there is a species that blooms from August into the fall with showy flowers that the bees love.

It's August in Central New York and we've had our first frost. Yes, fall is upon us, but the bees have been very busy buzzing around the flourishing Anemones in the backyard. There are literally hundreds of bees busily working on the blossoms from dawn until dusk.

Anemone are often called windflowers because many species grow in windward places. There are about 120 species and is found chiefly in the Northern Temperate Zone in the United States, Europe and the Far East. About 25 species occur in North America. They are perennial herbs related to the Buttercup. They have showy usually white flowers. They are often called windflowers because many species grow wild in windward places. While most of the Anemone blossom in April or May, there is an autumn-blooming species, the pink Japanese Anemone shown here. The American Pasqueflower flourishes wild in the Dakotas and is the state flower of South Dakota.

The distinguishing characteristics of Anemone are the presence of three entire leaflets arranged in a whorl under the flowers. There are 3 flowers that bloom quite a distance above the leaflets and the fact that the flowers have no real petals five petal-like sepals. The stem itself is over 3 feet long. Anemone flowers are blue, red, white, and pink. All species are toxic and the leaves and flowers should not be eaten.

Anemone multiply very rapidly from the tubers under the ground, thus making great ground cover. If they get out of control in one place you can dig up the tubers when the flow dies off and place them somewhere else. To propagate you can use cuttings of the tubers in autumn and early spring - from October to the end of March - and also from seed, which should be sown within a month of ripening because it deteriorates if you store it.
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