Comes from "anemos", the greek word for wind. Sometimes called the windflower. Pronounced a-NEM-o-nee.
The outsize anemones, which growers have managed to produce in the last few years, are remarkable, and perfect for placing singly in display vases, to show off their fragile beauty. Their ferny leaves make a perfect frame for the flowerheads.
Vibrant shades of red, purple and pink, with jet black hearts ringed with white. The all-white anemone is rare, it has a yellow-green heart.
Western Australia, Eastern parts of the Mediterranean and Asia Minor. They are now grown across Europe, particularly Italy and Israel.
Anemones belong to the buttercup family. The best cut flower varieties are "Mona Lisa" forms, which have large flowers and long, strong stems.
Anemones do not like being out of water for any length of time and take water in quickly, so water levels should be checked regularly. However they should not be placed in water that is too deep.
In Greek mythology, the anemone was created by the Goddess Aphrodite when her lover, the handsome Adonis, was slain by a wild boar. As she carried his body out of the woods, drops of blood fell to the ground, from which anemones sprung up.
It has medicinal uses for cramping pains, menstrual problems and emotional distress.