Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Clusius: Anemone hortensis

This illustration by Clusius (1526-1609) shows Anemone hortensis, the broad-leaved anemone.

A few facts about Clusius

A few facts about Anemone hortensis
1. It is native to the Mediterranean region.
2. The plant grows from a rhizome, an underground stem from which roots grow.
3. The name Anemone comes from a Greek word which means wind. This refer to folklore which maintains that the flowers bloom only when the wind blows. One common name is star flower, which has nothing at all to do with the botanical name.
4. This is a tough plant, hardy to -40F.

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