The Japanese anemones all flower for a long period at a time when the garden needs some colour – that is their strength. Their weakness is that they tend to spread. I would not call them invasive, but they do come close. Pamina is no exception. They will form a nice tight blanket and keep weeds at bay.
I consider Pamina one of the best Japanese anemones. It is shorter than most, and has a nice deep pink colour. The Chicago Botanical Gardens evaluated a large number Japanese anemone varieties and did not give it high marks – I disagree, it is one of the best. The RHS has given it the ‘Award of Garden Merit’. Give Pamina a try – you’ll love it.
The nomenclature for these plants is very confusing. The plant was first brought to Europe from Japan and called A. japonica. It turns out that the plant is not native to Japan and originated from China. There are three similar species; A. hupehensis, A.tomentosa and A. vitifolia. Hybrids amoung these are called A. x hybrida in part because the parentage of most hybrids is a bit fuzzy. Pamina is said to be a hybrid between A. hupehensis and A. vitifolia and some references call it A. hybrida ‘Pamina’. The more common name is Anemone hupehensis var. japonica ‘Pamina’ . If you are shopping for the plant, look for a Japanese anemone called Pamina.
Anemone hupehensis var. japonica ‘Pamina’
(uh-NEM-oh-nee hew-pay-EN-sis juh-PON-ih-kuh)
Life Cycle: perennial
Height: 1M (3ft)
Bloom Time: late August to late October
Natural Range: China
Habitat: open well drained sunny positions
Synonyms: Anemone japonica
Cultivation of Anemone hupehensis var. japonica ‘Pamina’:
Light: full sun to full shade
Soil: very adaptable
Water: average moisture to dry
USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 – 10
Propagation: cuttings, division, seeds probably don’t come true