Anemone nemorosa 'Blue Eyes'

Common Name: wood anemone 
Type: Bulb
Family: Ranunculaceae
Zone: 5 to 9
Height: 0.30 to 0.85 feet
Spread: 0.50 to 1.00 feet
Bloom Time: March to May
Bloom Description: White with blue-purple center eye
Sun: Part shade to full shade
Water: Medium to wet
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Ground Cover
Flower: Showy


Easily grown in moist, humus-rich, fertile, slightly acidic, well-drained loams in part shade to full shade. Incorporate leaf mold into the soil. Best in part shade (avoid hot afternoon sun). Naturalize under trees and large shrubs. Plants begin to go dormant in summer as temperatures rise and tree leaves reach mature size (more shade). Keeping soils moist helps prolong the inevitable disappearance of the leaves as dormancy sets in. Established plants tolerate some drought when dormant. Propagate established plants in late summer by division after the leaves fade. Set rhizomes 2" deep and 6-8" apart.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Anemone nemerosa, commonly called wood anemone, is a low-growing herbaceous perennial that spreads by branched and creeping rhizomes to form an attractive ground cover in shaded woodland areas. It is native to northern and central Europe including Great Britain, but not to areas along the Mediterranean. Plants typically grow to 6-10" tall. Flowers bloom in spring on short upright stems rising slightly above a bed of trifoliate, deeply divided, dark green leaves. Each flower (to 1 1/2" diameter) has 5-8 showy petal-like white sepals (infrequently tinged with pink or purple and rarely with blue) with a center ring of yellow stamens surrounding green stigmas.

Genus name is often said to be derived from the Greek word anemos meaning wind.

The specific epithet nemerosa means "of the woods", in reference to the preferred habitat of this species.

'Blue Eyes' is a compact, slow-growing selection of wood anemone that will reach between 4-8" tall and spread to fill a 1' area. The blooms are double with white petals and a blue-purple center eye. Sometimes sold in the nursery trade under the cultivar name 'Old Blue Eyes'.


No serious insect or disease problems.


Naturalize in shaded woodland areas or use in woodland garden borders.