The flower belongs to the Ranunculaceae family; it is a genus of over 200 flowers. They are native to America, Europe, and Japan. The word comes from the Greek language and means something along the lines of "windflower." These perennial herbs are root based and will automatically grow back each year. The flower stands on an elongated stem and can be blue, purple, violet, red, white, and sometimes yellow. The fruit of the flower is long and has hairs which help it to spread via being carried by the wind.
The flower is a separate type which is also known as the Buttercup and is much smaller in size. Bloom time depends upon which of the three sub-types the anemone belongs to. The spring flowering type blooms the earliest, the tuberous Mediterranean type blooms in both the spring and the summer, and the substantial fall flowering type bloom anywhere from late summer to early autumn. Favorite species with the flower genus include, but are not limited to, Apennine Windflower, Buttercup Anemone, Blue Anemone, Canada Anemone, Chinese Anemone, Japanese Anemone, Narcissus Anemone, Scarlet Windflower, Snowdrop Windflower, Wood Anemone, Pasque Anemone, and the Poppy Anemone.
The plant grows the best in partly sunny areas in the well-drained fertile soil. Tubers should be soaked for around 12 hours before being planted when planting tubers should be placed approximately 3 and a half inches deep in the land. Make sure to water this plant extra well for the first year to establish a healthy root system. Anemones should be cut to ground level at the end of autumn each year; they will grow back on their own each following year and should be dug up, divided, and re-planted once every 2 to 3 years or so for optimal growing and blooming conditions.