Anemone hortensis (NL: Anemone hortensis / EN: Broad Leaved Anemone / DE: Stern-Anemone / FR: Anémone des jardins) is a perennial herbaceous plant with an underground rhizome, belonging to the genus Anemone of the Ranunculaceae family. The Genus name “Anemone” comes from the Greek ἄνεμος (anemos, meaning wind ), as an ancient legend tells that the flowers opens only when the wind blows. The Species Latin name “hortensis” (fron “hortus” = vegetable garden) refers to the easiness with this plant can be cultivated. This plant is endemic to Mediterranean basin and it is distributed in France, Italy, Greece, Albania, Serbia, Croatia and Macedonia. The solitary flowers are fragrant and range in color from white-bluish or mauve to red-purple, with a diameter of 3–6 cm. They have 12-20 lanceolate and acute petals, with numerous bluish or violet stamens and blue anthers. The flowering period extends from March through May. This plant is pollinated by wind or dispersed by animals.
Image: Montelepre (IT-SI) - 01/04/2012
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