This is a post about guests...uninvited guests. You know the type. Handsome, charming, arrives unexpectedly for dinner with a bottle of wine under his arm. And then moves into your guest room. A couple days later, he starts complaining that the guest room isn't big enough for him and takes over another room. Slowly, he takes over room after room of your house while grumbling about how it really would be better for him if the rest of you moved out.
You've just met 'Anemone canadensis'.
I didn't plant it in my garden but it's there. I am convinced it hitched a ride from the garden center with some Japanese Anemones I planted a few years ago. You can't fault it for its looks. It is absolutely beautiful and is at its peak right now in late spring.
Look what a perfect partner it is visually for my 'Francee' hosta.
But there are also astilbes in that flower bed and day lilies. What? You say you can hardly see them? That's because anemone canadensis is slowly taking over the bed. It spreads by rhizomes and seeds. It is very tricky to pull out, which I do on an ongoing basis. It is coming up in the very centre of some of my perennial clumps, so to remove it I often need to disturb other plants.
It has also appeared in the backyard, in another spot where I planted Japanese anemones.
Oh, and I just read it contains a skin irritant. The house guest from hell. Moves in and gives everyone a rash. Lovely.