Anemone x hybrida 'September Charm' Anemone hybrida ‘September Morn’ 
(ah-NEM-oh-nee  ex  HY-brid-ah) 
Family: Ranunculaceae
Syn.: Anemone hupehensis var. japonica ‘September Charm’
Common name: Japanese anemone; windflower
Zone: 4 – 8
Height: 24-36 in (60-90 cm)  Spread: 24 in (60 cm)
Aspect: full sun; part shade
Soil: average; well-draining
Water: moderate   
Description: An erect, fibrous-rooted, spreading herbaceous perennial. Height is usually two to three feet (60 – 90 cm), but has been known to reach four feet (120 cm). Single, branching, wiry stem rises above a dark green mound of trifoliate leaves. Each branch extending from the central stem supports a 2 – 3 in (5 – 7.5 cm) diameter flower of typically five purely delightful silver-pink petals, blushed with dark rose shading, surrounding a central grouping of bright yellow stamens. 

 

Special Notes: A garden hybrid from suspected parentage of Anemone hupehensis var. japonica and Anemone vitifolia. With a bloom period stretching from mid-August through to October, this is a wonderful flowering perennial for late season interest in the garden.

Since the flowers are sterile, the plant increases from its fibrous roots which may be a problem for some gardeners. Spread is not so quick, however, that the plant cannot be kept within boundaries using a sharp spade to curb the expansion and pulling up the wandering offspring.

Pot up the offshoots to share with friends and fellow gardeners…or dry them out in a hot sun to kill them before adding them to your compost. But do make sure the unwanted plants are clearly expired before you throw them into your compost bin!

 

In our Zone 7a garden: In spite of this perennial being a spreader, we do enjoy its presence in our garden. The flowers are a welcome addition and even though the flowers are purported to be sterile, I have seen various winged insects on the bright yellow stamens. There must be something beneficial buried in there for them which is an attractant.

 

Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit (AGM) 1993

 

Posted on October 4, 2017