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  • Amy Remington

    New Shade-Loving Perennial Varieties for 2013 wild swan anemone

  • Linda Lowe

    'Wild Swan' Anemone, good shade plant

  • Barbara Hunter

    Anemone "Wild Swan" New Anemone hybrid raised by Elizabeth MacGregor. Chelsea Plant of the Year 2011. Large white flowers with distinct blue banding on the reverse. Opening throughout the day, the flowers close to bells with a beautiful nodding habit in the evening and early morning......o via Evas Garden

  • Katie

    'Wild Swan' Anemone blooms from spring through fall brightening up your shade garden!

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