This section is from the book "The Botanical Magazine; Or, Flower-Garden Displayed", by William Curtis. Also available from Amazon: The Botanical Magazine; or, Flower-Garden Displayed, Volume I.
Anemone Hortensis. Star Anemone, or Broad-Leaved Garden Anemone.
Cal. 0. Petala 5-9. Semina plura.
ANEMONE hortensis foliis digitalis, feminibus lanatis. Linn. Syst. Vegetab. ed Murr. p. 510. Ait. Hort. Kew. vol. 2. p. 256.
ANEMONE Geranii rotundo folio, purpurascens. Bauh. Pin. 173.
ANEMONE prima. Dodon. Pempt. 434.
ANEMONE latifolia purpurea stellata sive papaveracea. The purple Star-Anemone or Windflower. Park. Parad. p. 204.
We are more and more convinced, that in our eagerness, for novelties, we daily lose plants by far more ornamental than the new ones we introduce; the present, a most charming spring plant, with which the Gardens abounded in the time of Parkinson, is now a great rarity; its blossoms, which are uncommonly brilliant, come forth in April, and, like those of many other plants, appear to advantage only when the sun shines.
It may be propagated either by seeds, or by parting its roots in Autumn, in the former way we may obtain many beautiful varieties.
It prefers a light loamy soil and moderately exposed situation.
Roots of a variety of this plant with scarlet double flowers are imported from Holland, under the name, of Anemonoides, and sold at a high price.