Easter approaches this year with snow on the ground and
a biting East wind, one little plant, Callianthemum
anemonoides , in spite of its delicate appearance,
is surprisingly tough. The plant above, photographed on
3rd March last year, has
this year been in flower since February and has survived
being moved around in a raised bed while
we continue to resolve our cold exposed new garden. The
daisy like flowers appear first, followed by finely
dissected ferny foliage and the flower colour can vary
from white to deep pink.
Liam has a form in his crevice bed which has much
darker pink stems and may be Blackthorn strain from
in the raised bed is Callianthemum kernerianum, similar but with slightly smaller flowers,
which has bloomed since the end of January. This has
become a very endangered species in its original habitat
of Monte Baldo in Italy.
callianthemums belong to the ranunculacea family and the
above two are largely
found in limestone formations. Seed has to be freshly
sown and the seedlings may vary in the quality of the
flowers, pink forms being more attractive to my mind. Plants may succumb to botrytis but this has not
been a problem on our windy site.
callianthemums that I have seen in the wild are C.
alatavicum, another beautiful plant but not so far
in my cultivation, and C.coriandrifolium seen on my very
first alpine flower trip to Saas Fee twenty seven years
experience the first two buttercups are very
accommodating, easy to grow and cheer up the early
Spring bed so do give these little buttercups a try.