Anemone blanda var. rosea 'Radar'

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
winter windflower 'Radar'


The Anemone blanda var. rosea 'Radar', commonly referred to as just Anemone blanda, is a charming perennial with a striking appearance. Its flowers are particularly distinctive, typically displaying shades of pink that catch the eye. Each blossom is made up of several petal-like tepals, which often overlap and create a cupped effect. The center of the flowers is notable for its contrasting yellow or white stamens, providing a lovely pop of color against the pink background. The foliage of Anemone blanda is equally attractive, with leaves that are deeply dissected, creating a frilly or feathery texture. These leaves often have a lush green color, which serves as a beautiful backdrop for the vibrant blooms. As the seasons change, Anemone blanda presents a harmonious blend of color and texture, making it a delightful addition to any garden setting.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Grecian Windflower, Balkan Anemone, Winter Windflower

    • Common names

      Anemone blanda var. rosea 'Radar'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Grecian windflower contains toxic compounds that can pose health risks when ingested. It is considered poisonous due to the presence of protoanemonin, a toxin released from the plant's glycoside ranunculin. If any part of this plant is ingested, symptoms might include mucous membrane irritation, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. In severe cases, it can lead to tremors or convulsions. It is advised to seek medical attention if ingestion occurs.

    • To pets

      Grecian windflower possess toxic elements dangerous to pets if consumed. The toxin present, protoanemonin, is derived from ranunculin and can trigger various adverse reactions. Symptoms of poisoning in pets can include drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, and potentially tremors or seizures in severe cases. Ingestion should be taken seriously, and a veterinarian consulted immediately if a pet has eaten any part of the plant.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      4-6 inches (10-15 cm)

    • Spread

      6-12 inches (15-30 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      Southeastern Europe


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Adds color and texture to gardens with its charming pink flowers.
    • Ease of Care: A low-maintenance option for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Seasonal Interest: Blooms in early spring providing one of the first splashes of color after winter.
    • Attracts Pollinators: Bees and butterflies are drawn to the flowers, which helps pollinate nearby plants.
    • Naturalizing: Over time, it can spread and create lovely drifts without invasive tendencies.
    • Versatility in Landscaping: Suitable for borders, rock gardens, and woodland settings.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, it can tolerate periods of dryness.

  • 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

    • Dye Production: The Anemone blanda variety can be used to obtain natural dyes for fabric, given that some plant parts contain pigments that could stain material.
    • Photography: With their vibrant colors, anemones are popular subjects for photographers and artists looking to capture the beauty of spring blooms.
    • Garden Design: Anemone blanda var. rosea 'Radar' is used by garden designers to create 'rivers' of color or for underplanting larger shrubs and trees due to its low growing habit.
    • Fairy Gardens: Its diminutive size and charming flowers make this plant suitable for inclusion in whimsical fairy gardens.
    • Wedding Decor: The blossoms of the anemone can be used to add a splash of color to natural-style wedding décor, such as table centerpieces or garlands.
    • Educational Tool: Botany educators can use anemones to teach students about early spring bloomers and plant reproduction systems.
    • Floral Arrangements: Although not a traditional cut flower, its blooms can be used in small, delicate floral arrangements.
    • Craft Projects: Dried anemone petals can be incorporated into various craft projects, like handmade paper or potpourri.
    • Theme Gardens: Anemones can be a key element in theme gardens, such as Victorian or cottage-style gardens, due to their old-world charm.
    • Artistic Inspiration: The unique structure and color of anemone blooms can serve as an inspiration for artists working in various mediums, such as watercolor, sculpture, or textile arts.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    Grecian windflower is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    Grecian windflower is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Forsaken Love: Anemones, in general, are associated with forsaken love or a feeling of having been left behind, due to the myth of Adonis and Aphrodite where anemone flowers sprang from the tears of Aphrodite as she mourned the death of Adonis.
    • Anticipation: Another common symbolism tied to anemones is anticipation, or looking forward to something in the future. This could derive from the flower's behavior of closing at night or during rain and anticipation of sunny days.
    • Protection Against Evil: This plant is also thought to protect against evil and ill luck. In ancient times, it was believed that the presence of anemone flowers could ward off diseases and other harmful influences.
    • Fragility: Due to the delicate nature of anemone petals, the flower is commonly associated with fragility and the transient nature of existence. It reminds us of the delicacy of life and its fleeting beauty.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
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  • water dropWater

    Grecian windflowers, including the Anemone blanda var. rosea 'Radar', prefer consistent moisture especially when they are in bloom during the spring. The soil should never be allowed to dry out completely, but also be wary of overwatering which can lead to root rot. Generally, during the growing season, watering about once a week with approximately 1 gallon of water per square yard is sufficient. Adjust the frequency, however, based on rainfall, with less watering needed during wet periods and more during dry spells. After blooming has finished and the foliage dies back, you can reduce watering as the plant goes dormant.

  • sunLight

    Grecian windflowers thrive in partial shade to full sun. A spot that receives morning sunlight and is shaded in the harsh afternoon sun is ideal. They can tolerate full sun in cooler climates, but in warmer regions, they benefit from protection from intense afternoon heat.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Grecian windflowers can tolerate winter cold to some extent and are hardy in temperatures as low as 20°F. The ideal growing temperature during the active season ranges between 50°F and 70°F. They may not survive in climates where temperatures consistently rise above 80°F, as they prefer cooler conditions to bloom and grow.

  • scissorsPruning

    For Grecian windflowers like Anemone blanda var. rosea 'Radar', pruning is mostly about removing spent flowers and dead foliage. Deadheading is not necessary as these plants do not typically rebloom, but cleaning up dead leaves after they have died back will keep the area tidy and help prevent disease. Pruning is generally done once flowering has finished in the late spring or early summer.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Grecian windflower prefers well-drained soil with high organic matter. The best mix would be equal parts loam, peat, and sand or perlite, ensuring good drainage. The soil pH should be slightly acidic to neutral, ideally between 5.5 and 7.0 for optimal growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Grecian windflowers often don't require frequent repotting. These plants can be repotted every 2-3 years, or when you notice that the bulbs have filled the pot and the soil is exhausted. It's best done after the plant has finished flowering and entered a dormant period.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Grecian windflower thrives at average room humidity levels. It does not require any special humidity conditions, making it quite versatile for average home environments. High humidity is not necessary, but the plant should also not be placed in overly dry conditions.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light with well-draining soil.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in partial shade, well-drained soil, water when topsoil feels dry.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Anemone blanda var. rosea 'Radar', commonly known as Pink Windflower, begins its life cycle as a tuber, which is planted in the ground during fall before the first frost. The tuber remains dormant over winter and, with the warmth of spring, germinates and sends up shoots. Leaves unfurl and flowering stems grow, culminating in the plant blossoming with pink flowers in early to mid-spring. After flowering, the plant sets seed, which can be dispersed by wind or wildlife, potentially giving rise to new plants. By late spring or early summer, the foliage dies back as the plant enters a period of dormancy during the hot summer months. The cycle prepares to repeat itself the following autumn when temperatures cool and the tuber awakens once again from its dormancy.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • The most popular method for propagating the Anemone blanda var. rosea 'Radar', commonly known as Grecian windflower, is through its tubers. This is typically done in the fall, when the tubers can be planted about 2 inches (approximately 5 centimeters) deep in well-draining soil. Tubers should be spaced around 3 to 4 inches (approximately 7.5 to 10 centimeters) apart to allow sufficient room for growth. The area should be watered well after planting. As these plants are hardy, once established, they will naturalize and spread over time, creating a carpet of color in the spring.