Flower of the Week: Anemone

In our weekly series, we're dishing on everything you need to know about this statement flower

Updated 08/25/17

In our new Flower of the Week series, we'll bring you all things flower, from the cost to the season to the little details you need to ask your florist. This is your go-to guide for blooms, ranging from ranunculus to roses. So take a minute to stop and smell (and read!) every "flower Friday."

The anemone is a classic flower, perfect for adding contrast to winter and spring wedding arrangements. The name “anemone” comes from an ancient Greek word meaning “daughter of the wind.” (The common name for it is “windflower.”) An anemone’s delicate petals sometimes close up when a storm is coming and at nighttime when the temperature drops!

There are several hundred varieties in the anemone family, but the most popular kinds tend to feature a black center encircled with white, red, or purple petals.

Photo by Vasia Photography, Florals by The Flower Factory

Seasonality:

The flower blooms in late spring, although it’s possible to get greenhouse-grown stems throughout the winter and early spring. There are a few varieties that bloom in summer and fall as well, although they're not as common.

Photo by Krista A. Jones Photography, Florals by Petal and Print

Style:

Anemones mix well in a loose garden bouquet or can be used on their own as a monofleur arrangement. When featuring the blooms by themselves (especially the black-and-white varieties), the vibe of the arrangement can skew more preppy or modern. (Think Audrey Hepburn or a chic gallery wedding.)

Photo by Esmeralda Franco, Florals by Church Street Flowers

Shelf life:

If kept in a cool place out of direct sunlight, anemones can last up to a week in water.

Photo by Sarah Jozsa, Florals by Amborella Studios

Colors:

Anemones come in mostly purples and reds, with tones ranging from pale pinks and lavender to darker jewel tones. Most of the time the center is a dark black, but there are also varieties with a pale yellow.

Photo by Ashley Tingley Photography, Florals by Flower Allie

Price: $$-$$$

In season (late winter to spring), anemones are on the lower end of the price spectrum.

Photo by Audrey Rose Photography, Florals by Courtney Ingram

Photo by Christina Diane Weddings, Florals by Lani Elizabeth

It works well with:

Lush, colorful blooms like ranunculus or peonies are a perfect contrast for white-and-black anemones. Dark berries and other textured foliage also pair well and highlight the centers of the flowers. When using the more saturated versions (dark purple or cherry red), balance out the arrangement with neutral, textured flowers like white lilacs.

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