Anemone coronaria, the poppy anemone, Spanish marigold, or windflower, is a species of flowering plant in the genus Anemone, native to the Mediterranean region. Anemone coronaria is widely grown for its decorative flowers.
Anemone coronaria is native to the Mediterranean region. This windflower is an upright perennial that grows from rhizomatous tubers. Leaves are medium green, with basal leaves being biternate and involucral leaves being deeply divided. Solitary, showy, poppy-like, single flowers (to 2.5” diameter), each with 6-8 sepals, bloom in spring on stems rising to 10-12” tall. Flowers are blue, red or white with black centers. Plants go dormant after flowering. Species plants are uncommonly sold in commerce now in large part because of the availability of more colorful cultivars in both single and double flowered forms. Popular cultivar groups include De Caen (single) and St. Brigid (double). Additional common names for this plant include poppy anemone and lilies of the field. Genus name is often said to be derived from the Greek word anemos meaning wind. Specific epithet means used for or pertaining to garlands.