The Anemone coronaria 'Mistral®' hybrids "Italian Anemone" is a rare new anemone variety straight from Italy! This beautiful and elegant variety arrives clad in deep maroon petals, each punctuated by a sparkling purple center. The foliage is light green, and its beauty adds to the overall appeal of these anemones. Naturalizing easily, these charming plants will make a stunning effect planted "en masse" in the garden border or container and can last up to 2 weeks in a vase. Cutting them encourages longer stems and more blooms! USDA Zones: 8 - 10, but can be annuals anywhere Sunlight: Full Sun To Partial Shade Water: Moderate Bloom Season: Early Spring until July Soil: light, loamy, sandy Rate of growth: average (takes about 2 months to sprout and 3 to flower) Hardiness: fully hardy Height: 10-20 cm (8 - 12 in) Width: 3 - 4 inches Use: Containers, garden beds and borders, Mediterranean, rock gardens, woodlands, long-lasting bouquets Warning: Can be toxic to dogs and cats. For the best cut flowers it is advisable to cut the flower when it is well-formed and the petal length exceeds the length of the corolla. Early morning cutting also creates a better quality flower and stem length. If you cut flowers regularly, tubers will put their energy into producing a new stem. CARE Choose a spot where they can be left undisturbed so they can naturalize and spread. Pre-soak the tubers overnight in cool water before planting (it doesn't matter which way up) 6cm deep and 12cm apart from September to November, or (for later flowers in spring), February to April. Plant around 75 corms per square meter. Feed (fertilize) every couple of weeks with liquid seaweed. Keep soil dry during dormancy and provide a light mulch in late summer/early autumn. Corms are planted 6 inches (15 cm) apart, with 5 rows per bed. During cold stretches, when temps dip below freezing, cover the plants with a layer of frost cloth. Anemones normally start to flower about three months after planting. Fall-planted corms bloom in early spring and continue steadily for eight to 10 weeks. Protect with a cloche or dry mulch against extreme winter weather. Avoid excessively wet conditions when dormant. SHIPPING We take pride in delivering beautiful and high-quality bulbs from Paris. We try our best to go plastic-free and reuse shipping materials when available. We cannot control what happens once the item has been shipped. The shipping price includes the tracking number. If plants arrive damaged due to transit, please contact us within 24 hours of delivery with a photo of the plant as well as the packaging. Do not dispose of the plants or packaging as we may request their return. * Please ensure that you are able to import this plant into your country. I am unable to provide a phytosanitary certificate and cannot be responsible if it is held or destroyed in customs. ** For additional questions, please check out my FAQ or send me a message.