Anemone hepatica var. japonica

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Anemone hepatica var. japonica (Nakai) Ohwi

Ranunculaceae

Life form: perennial
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: half shade   5

Moisture: moist

Soil: sandy loam

Arrangement: basal
Leaves: semi-evergreen

Shape: palmately lobed

Division: simple

Shape: many-stellate
Fruit: nutlet

III

112A / 9ab5dd 

Inflorescence: solitary

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Ranunculopsida
Subclassis:
Ranunculidae
Superordo:
Ranunculanae
Ordo:
Ranunculales

Anemone hepatica var. japonica is a perennial with pale blue, sometimes yellow flowers.

Naming

Anemone hepatica var. japonica was already described and the name validly published by Takenoshin Nakai. It was Jisaburo Ohwi, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics .

Taxonomy

Anemone hepatica var. japonica is a variety in the genus Anemone which contains approximately 204 to 289 species and belongs to the family of the Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family). The type species of the genus is Anemone coronaria.

Characteristics

Growth

The perennials reach heights of 4 to 8 centimetres.

Leaves

Anemone hepatica var. japonica is semi-deciduous. The simple leaves are basal. They are palmately lobed, entire and petiolate.

Flowers and Fruits

Anemone hepatica var. japonica produces solitary light-blue many-stellate flowers in March.

The perennials produce nutlets.

Root System

Distribution

Anemone hepatica var. japonica is native to Japan.

Cultivation

The perennials prefer a half-shady situation on moist soil. The substrate should be sandy loam. They tolerate temperatures down to -29°C (USDA zone 5).

Uses

Suited for nature gardens, rockeries and for mixed borders.

Maintenance and Propagation

  • For healthy growth give compost in autumn.

Propagate by division in spring. The plants will only recover slowly.

Cultivars

Poisonousness

Anemone hepatica var. japonica is toxic.

Aeskulap  Please read the health issues note

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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