Anemone coronaria, Anemone xhybrida
Availability: Mainly mid-winter through spring
Typical vase life: 4–7 days
Stem length: 30 cm
Number of stems per bunch: Variable
Color range: White, red, rose-pink to magenta, lavender to purple, blue (most have a black center; some have a yellow-green center)
Buying tips: Petals should have started to separate from the center, but not have totally opened flat. Leaves should be glossy green. Avoid bunches with overly twisted stems.
Care and handling: After conditioning, do not hold for more than 2 days. Flowers will close up when refrigerated. The flower heads will bend towards light, so ensure lighting is even. If they are bent, wrap them in wet paper and place in a cool dark spot in the water.
- Very sensitive to ethylene.
- Not suitable for use in floral foam.
- Sometimes Anemone and Ranunculus are confused. Ranunculus are full-centred blooms with many petals. Anemone is open and flat and generally, have a black center.
- Very popular for cottage-style posies destined for vases and hand-tied bouquets.