Japanese Anemone Anemone × hybrida 'Honorine Jobert'

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
Japanese anemone 'Honorine Jobert'


The Anemone × hybrida 'Honorine Jobert' is a striking perennial commonly known as the Japanese anemone or windflower. This plant is celebrated for its beautiful, showy flowers which bloom above its foliage in late summer to fall. The flowers have a simple, yet elegant appearance with pure white petals that surround a central cluster of bright yellow stamens, creating a lovely contrast that is quite eye-catching. The foliage of the Japanese anemone 'Honorine Jobert' consists of dark green leaves that are deeply divided and have a slightly serrated edge. They provide an attractive backdrop for the flowers, with their leaves having a slightly mounded and bushy habit that gives the plant a lush, full look. Multiple stems rise above the leafy clumps with one flower topping each stem. The blooms are quite large and held aloft, ensuring they make a strong visual impact in the garden. Moreover, the flowers have a charming, cup-shaped form when they open, gradually flattening out as they mature. In terms of growth habit, the Japanese anemone is a clump-forming plant that can create a substantial presence in a garden bed, owing to its expansive foliage and tall flower stems. The 'Honorine Jobert' variety, in particular, is prized for its vigorous growth and ability to create impressive swathes of white flowers that sway gently in the breeze, reminiscent of their moniker windflower. This particular cultivar of Japanese anemone is also noted for its tendency to spread through underground runners, potentially allowing it to naturalize in the garden if conditions are favorable. Hence, it is ideal for gardeners who wish to establish bold drifts of white flowers that bring a light and airy feel to the late-season garden.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Japanese Anemone, Windflower, Thimbleweed, Japanese Thimbleflower

    • Common names

      Anemone × hybrida 'Honorine Jobert'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The Japanese anemone ('Honorine Jobert') is known to contain toxic substances that can be harmful if ingested. While not considered highly poisonous to humans, the plant does contain anemonin, which is an irritant glycoside. If parts of the plant are eaten, it can cause mild to moderate gastrointestinal upset, including symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. It is always advisable to handle the plant with care to avoid irritation from sap and to prevent accidental ingestion, especially in children.

    • To pets

      The Japanese anemone ('Honorine Jobert') is also toxic to pets, including dogs and cats. Similar to its effects on humans, ingestion of parts of the plant can lead to gastrointestinal distress for animals. Symptoms of poisoning in pets may include vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, and abdominal pain. In more severe cases, ingestion could potentially lead to lethargy or other systemic effects. Pet owners should keep animals away from this plant and seek veterinary attention if there is any suspicion of ingestion.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      3-4 feet (0.9-1.2 meters)

    • Spread

      1-3 feet (0.3-0.9 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      China Japan


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal - The Anemone × hybrida 'Honorine Jobert', commonly known as Japanese anemone, produces elegant white flowers that can enhance the beauty of any garden.
    • Seasonal Interest - Its late-summer to fall blooming period provides interest during a time when many other perennials are fading.
    • Attracts Pollinators - The blossoms attract bees and butterflies, which are beneficial for pollinating other plants in the garden.
    • Low Maintenance - Japanese anemones require minimal care once established, making them a strong choice for gardeners looking for low-maintenance plants.
    • Long Blooming Period - This plant has a long flowering season, offering blooms for several weeks, which can be especially valuable for extending garden color into the later months of the year.
    • Drought Tolerance - After establishment, Japanese anemones show a degree of drought tolerance, making them suitable for gardens in drier climates.
    • Versatility - Anemone × hybrida 'Honorine Jobert' can be used in a variety of garden settings, including borders, cottage gardens, and woodland settings.
    • Provision of Cut Flowers - The blooms make excellent cut flowers, allowing the enjoyment of the garden's beauty indoors.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Photography Subject: Due to its striking white flowers, the Japanese anemone 'Honorine Jobert' is popular among photographers looking for natural beauty subjects in gardens and wild settings.
    • Garden Design Teaching Tool: Horticulture educators use the Japanese anemone 'Honorine Jobert' to demonstrate design principles in garden design classes due to its upright form and the way it can contrast with other plants.
    • Eco-friendly Confetti: The petals of Japanese anemone 'Honorine Jobert' can be dried and used as natural, biodegradable confetti for weddings and celebrations.
    • Art Inspiration: Artists may use the Japanese anemone 'Honorine Jobert' as a muse for paintings, drawings, and other visual art forms, inspired by its elegant flowers and stems.
    • Culinary Garnish: The flowers can be used as an edible garnish on salads and desserts, providing a unique decoration that is also safe to eat.
    • Dye Source: The petals of the Japanese anemone 'Honorine Jobert' can be used to make a light, natural dye for fabrics, though the color produced is not a strong dye.
    • Floral Arrangements: The long stems and striking white flowers are popular choices for inclusion in floral arrangements, from bouquets to larger displays.
    • Botanical Illustration Subject: Botanical illustrators may select 'Honorine Jobert' as a subject for their detailed plant studies and watercolor paintings.
    • Garden Therapy: Gardening with the Japanese anemone 'Honorine Jobert' is sometimes incorporated into therapeutic gardening programs for its soothing presence and the satisfying process of nurturing it.
    • Seed Crafts: The seeds of the Japanese anemone can be collected and used in craft projects, such as making homemade paper or adding texture to mixed-media artwork.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Japanese anemone is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Japanese anemone is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Anticipation and Expectation: Anemones in general symbolize anticipation due to their growth pattern of closing at night and opening up in the morning, suggesting an expectation of something new each day.
    • Fragility and Fading Beauty: The delicate nature of the Anemone 'Honorine Jobert' flowers, which can be damaged by wind and rain, symbolizes the transient nature of life and beauty.
    • Protection Against Evil: In folklore, anemones were thought to ward off evil spirits and ill fortunes, making them symbols of protection.
    • Forsaken Love: The anemone also has historical connections to the myth of Adonis and Aphrodite, where it represents the blood of Adonis and thus forsaken love.
    • Healing and Recovery: With its ability to return each spring, the anemone symbolizes resilience and the hope for healing and recovery from adversity.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Early spring
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Japanese anemone 'Honorine Jobert' prefers consistently moist soil, so be sure to water it thoroughly when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. This could mean watering once a week with approximately 1 to 1.5 gallons of water, though this may vary depending on climate conditions and soil type. During the hot summer months, the plant may require more frequent watering to ensure the soil doesn't dry out, possibly increasing to twice a week. Be careful not to overwater, as waterlogged soil can lead to root rot. Always check the soil moisture level before watering to avoid unnecessary water application.

  • sunLight

    Japanese anemone 'Honorine Jobert' blooms best in full sun to partial shade. Ideally, plant it in a spot that receives morning sunlight and afternoon shade, especially in hotter climates. The plant can also flourish in dappled sunlight beneath open-canopied trees. However, too much shade can lead to fewer blooms and a leggy growth habit, so ensure it has access to sufficient light without being exposed to harsh afternoon sun in summer.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Japanese anemone 'Honorine Jobert' thrives in a wide range of temperatures but prefers a moderate climate. It can survive winter temperatures down to around 20°F and can handle summer heat as long as the roots are kept cool and moist. The ideal temperature range for this plant is between 50°F and 75°F, which encourages healthy growth and flowering. Extended exposure to temperatures outside of this range may lead to stress and reduced vigor.

  • scissorsPruning

    Japanese anemone 'Honorine Jobert' should be pruned to maintain shape, remove spent blooms, and encourage further flowering. After the blooming season in late fall, cut the stems back to just above ground level. This pruning also helps prevent disease and prepares the plant for winter dormancy. Remove any dead or damaged foliage in spring to make way for new growth.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Japanese Anemone 'Honorine Jobert' prefers well-draining soil enriched with organic matter; a mix of garden soil, compost, and peat moss is ideal. Maintain a soil pH between 5.6 and 7.5.

  • plantRepotting

    Japanese Anemone 'Honorine Jobert' doesn't require frequent repotting; do so every 2-3 years, or when it outgrows its current space.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Japanese Anemone 'Honorine Jobert' thrives in average garden humidity levels; it does not require special humidity conditions.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Bright, indirect light, and well-draining soil.

    • Outdoor

      Partial shade, moist, rich, well-draining soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life of Anemone 'Honorine Jobert', commonly known as the Japanese anemone, begins with seed germination, occurring in early spring, or vegetative propagation through division. Seedlings or new shoots from divided plants develop into a clump of foliage as temperatures rise. During the growing season, the plant forms a robust root system and strong stems, preparing for flowering. By late summer to early autumn, elegant white flowers with a central cluster of yellow stamens bloom, attracting pollinators. After the flowering period, seeds set and disperse, and the plant’s above-ground foliage dies back with the onset of winter. In preparation for the next season, the plant survives the cold months as a dormant rootstock, ready to regenerate once more in the spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Early spring

    • The Japanese Anemone 'Honorine Jobert' is typically propagated by division, a method that's best performed in the spring or fall. To propagate by division, carefully dig up the plant, ideally when it's not in bloom. Gently separate the clumps of roots and rhizomes into smaller sections, ensuring that each new section has at least a couple of growth buds. These divisions can then be replanted in well-draining soil enriched with organic matter, maintaining the same planting depth as the original plant. Adequate spacing, usually about 18 inches (approximately 45.7 cm), between the newly planted divisions ensures proper air circulation and room for growth. Regular watering to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged, and protection from intense afternoon sun will help the new plants establish.