Anemone Wild Swan ('Macane001') (PBR)

RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year 2011

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Buy Anemone Wild Swan ('Macane001') (PBR) RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year 2011: RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year 2011

  • Position: partial shade
  • Soil: well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
  • Flowering period: May to November
  • Flower colour: white with a blue reverse
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    The winner of the 2011 Chelsea New Plant of the Year, this anemone was discovered, and has been trialed for the last 10 years by Elizabeth MacGregor on her nursery in Scotland. It is believed to be a cross between early and late flowering forms (possibly A. rupicola & A. hupehensis), and the result is a plant which flowers intermittently from May to November. Each pure white petal has a distinct grey-blue streak along the reverse, so when in bud, or when the flowers nod and half close (in the mornings and evenings) the flowers look bluish, but when they are fully open they are a dazzling pure white. Ideal for the woodland garden or partially shaded bed, its long flowering period and pretty colouring is sure to make this new kid on the block very popular indeed.

    These plants can be quite difficult to grow, so are probably better suited to the more experienced gardener.

  • Garden care: Cut back the stalks after the flowers have faded, and tidy up old dead leaves in March. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant in spring.

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Love this! Bought a bunch last spring and they flowered their hearts out. Great foliage too - frothy and lime green. They have re-emerged this spring and are thriving. They form pretty rounded shapes as a plant so along with their stunning unusual flowers really ace it in the raised bed. I have an urban courtyard garden and these give a nice contemporary feel to the planting. Although equally I can see they would like great in a more traditional setting. I did buy a second lot and plant out in the autumn and these ones haven't re-emerged this spring. I think I simply planted them far too late in the year.




Over wintered


I bought this plant in the autumn and did not have a chance to plant it out. I overwintered it in my garage and am now starting to harden it off. I am very pleased that it has survived the winter and look forward to seeing great results late summer. Many thanks.

Garden musician


A good investment


An extremely beautiful and elegant Japanese anenome, especially when grown en masse. In a breeze or light wind the petals show off their blue/lavender underside. This plant has the 'wow' factor and easy to grow. I've also successfully grown the plant in a large slate container, keeping an eye on its spread. Easy to divide and pot on elsewhere in the garden, therefore extremely good value


The Wye Valley, Wales


Delicate and pretty


Once it started flowering it just went on and on. Lovely delicate plant and most attractive.

Spring Chicken



I am going to buy this plant again this year.It is beautiful


I have it in two large pots on the terrace plus in the border.

catherine the gardener



Survived a hard winter


Flowers not bad in first year, showing signs of life after a hard winter




A truly lovely plant


I put three of these as a small group in a new dappled shade border and was amazed how well they did right from the start. The flowers are stunning and just kept going - they did seem as if they would go on forever. I'm hoping they haven't suffered in the hard winter as I'm looking forward to their return.




An excellent choice


This plant is an absolute star. The flowers are long-lasting, very beautiful, elegant and eye-catching, and their lilac-coloured backs are very special. I have grown them in dappled shade and they have been perfectly happy. A very good choice.




One of the stars of my garden


Once established this plant seems to be almost indestructible, coping equally well with frost, wind, heavy rainfall and periods of drought. It has a much longer flowering period than other anemones, coming into bloom in early summer and carrying on flowering prolifically well into late autumn. The unusual, beautiful flowers are an added bonus.


East Anglia


Lovely delicate flower


First spotted planted en masse at Chelsea.these anemones are delicate looking but quite tough. Quite short with lovely blue on reverse of petals. Plant in largish numbers for best effect , takes a little while for a good show.




Anemone'Wild Swan'

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Hi. I have a large clump (planted last summer) that I would like to move. Is this the right time of the year (end of May) and are they moveable without killing them?? Thanks


Hello, How lovely to have a large clump of these! I would not touch them however until they go into their dormant phase, so if you are going to lift and divide them, do it from late autumn to late winter.


I would love to plant my new plot in the garden with Anenome Wild Swan as it sounds amazing, but my soil is clay ish and it is in the shade, not dark but never sunny. I wonder if it would thrive if I put in a lot of manure, grit and new topsoil in the bed before planting. Would this be suitable? Would that be enough?

English rose

Hello, These plants prefer a freely draining soil, so if you can improve the drainage of your clay-based soil, then it should be OK. My main concern however comes from the fact that the area does not receive any sun at all, as although they are happy in partial shade, they do need a little filtered sun.


I purchased one of these plants at your second Chelsea sale this year and until a few days ago it has been fine. Suddenly it it virtually dead. Leaves all shrivelled and the stems have become prone. I have watered the plant appropriately every day and it is placed in a partially shaded bed. I get several cats come into my garden could they be the culprits by spraying their urine on the plant? What is your advise please. jolo bedford

jolo bedford

Hello, This sudden deterioration could certainly have been caused by the cats, in which case there is little you can do. It may also be caused by too much water though, particularly if you are watering every day. Ideally, you should give it a good soak and then wait until the soil gets reasonably dry before repeating the process again. Perhaps if you cut back a little the plant may pick up.


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