Syn.: Anemone stellata Lam., Anemone versicolor (L.) Salisb., nom. illeg.
Family: Ranunculaceae Juss.

Anemone hortensis

Distribution: Mediterranean species, it is distributed from southern France through Italy to Greece.

Ecology: It grows in open deciduous woods, meadows and pastures, in the margins of orchards, fields and olive groves. It blooms from February to April.

Description: Perennial herb with a rhizome. Stem erect, simple, 15–40 cm tall; basal leaves biternate, 3–5-lobed, with linear segments, cauline leaves linear-lanceolate, usually undivided. Flowers up to 6 cm in diameter, solitary; perianth-segments 12–19, narrowly elliptical, purplish-pink. The fruits are achenes with pappus.

Use: The Broad Leaved Anemone is grown in gardens as an ornamental plant.

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These images were taken in Italy, Gargano, Coppa d´Incero and Vieste (April 17 and 18, 2008).