Anemones, or windflowers, are a trendy choice for wedding bouquets and many different types of floral arrangements.
Dating back to ancient Greek mythology, they have long been a flower associated with love, romance, purity, innocence, and beauty.
Many consider anemones to be the flower of true love because they bloom only once in their lifetime.
Combined with their beauty, fragile nature, and romantic history, it’s no wonder anemones are one of the most sought-after wedding flowers by brides today.
Anemone Varieties and Availability
Anemone flowers come in various colors, shapes, and sizes and are generally available from August through May. They are at their peak from late autumn to spring.
The types of anemones that most people are most familiar with as cut flowers are the ‘Mistral’ and ‘Marianne’ varieties (Anemone Coronaria).
The poppy anemones often referred to as ‘Marianne’ are available in bright colors, including red, blue, purple, and white, with striking dark centers.
Here’s a picture of a bridal bouquet we recently did featuring the white Panda anemone, a ‘Marianne’ variety.
Panda anemones are striking flowers featuring a contrasting black center and pure white petals. It’s one of the trendiest flowers for wedding bouquets today.
‘Mistral’ anemones feature colorful blooms that vary from pinkish-orange through yellow to deep burgundy shades.
You’ve no doubt seen these varieties in their full glory if you’ve checked out any floral design pages on Instagram or Pinterest. Beautiful blooms like this are pretty hard to miss!
How to Care for Cut Anemones
The vase life of cut anemones is not very long, only about 5 to 8 days. For that reason, try to purchase anemones closer to the bud stage, rather than more open.
Caring for cut anemones is easy if you follow these three simple steps.
- Upon arrival, especially if shipped dry, you will need to condition them before using them. Remove any foliage and trim about an inch off the stems, using a clean, sharp floral knife or another cutting tool.
Cutting the stems at a 45° angle will allow more surface area for the flowers to absorb water.
- Place flower stems in a clean vase of lukewarm water (100° to 110° F) mixed with a clear flower food solution. We use Floralife Crystal Clear® at the shop, but there are other commercial flower food products that will do the job too.
Let them hydrate for one to two hours or until the water reaches room temperature.
If you plan to use floral foam, use the same solution to soak the foam.
- Keep all flowers in a cool location until it’s time to begin working with them. Anemones are heavy drinkers. Check the water level daily. Add additional water and solution as often as needed.
One other quick tip. Anemones will continue to “stretch” or grow after being cut like tulips and other flowers produced from bulb-like corms.
Remember to factor this in when using them in wedding bouquets or floral arrangements.
Where to Buy Anemones
If you plan to purchase anemones for a wedding or special event, I would strongly suggest sourcing them through a local florist, especially if you need fewer than 50 stems.
Anemones are fragile flowers that don’t always ship well. Trust me on this one. I’ve had my share of “less than satisfactory” experiences. Combine that with their shorter vase life, and you could have a problem on your hands if anything goes south.
You might pay a little more per flower, but sourcing through a local florist will be more cost-effective overall.
If you need a larger quantity of flowers, more than 50 stems, I would again contact your local florist about quantity pricing. You can check sites like BloomsByTheBox.com, among others for availability and pricing.
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I’m the owner of Greenfield Flower Shop in Milwaukee, with more than 40 years of experience in the floral, wedding, and event business.