All about the Anemone Flower

The anemone flower is the next flower on the list for the 100 Flowers Project.


The Anemone is a genus of flowering plants in the family Rununculaceae, which is closely related to the Pulsatilla (pasqueflowers) and Hepatica. Some botantists even list both of these genera within Anemone.

As of April 2020, there are 63 listed species within the genus Anemone. The most well-known species is Anemone coronaria, or the "poppy anemone." It had parsley-like divided leaves, and large poppy-like blossoms. The flowers are typically scarlet, crimson, bluish-purple, reddish purple, or white. Each flower typically has 5-8 petals, although there can sometimes be double-flowered varieties in which the stamens in the center are replaced by a tuft of narrow petals.

Anemones in Culture

Western tradition says that the anemone flowers pertain to Greek mythology, with the anemone flower originating from Adonis and Aphrodite. In one version of the story, the goddess Aphrodite kept the mortal man Adonis as a lover. When Adonis was gored to death by a wild boar, Aphrodite shed tears that mixed with his blood and gave rise to the anemone. In another version, the boar was sent to kill Adonis by other jealous Greek gods.

In the Victorian language of flowers, the anemone represents forsaken love of any kind. European peasants used to carry them to ward off pests and diseases, as well as bad luck.

In Chinese and Egyptian culture, however, the anemone flower was considered a symbol of illness because of its coloring. It is therefore a symbol of bad luck in many Eastern cultures.

About the Papercut

These anemone flowers were actually the first flowers I cut before I came up with my idea of papercutting through 100 different flowers. I used anemones in a wedding gift that I made for friends back last October, and I found that I loved papercutting these flowers. When I finalized my 100 Flowers Project, I started in alphabetical order after finishing these anemones. I wasn’t familiar with these flowers, but I find that I like the white varieties very much.

This papercut took me about 3 hours to cut. It was a bit tedious to cut out all the lines on the petals, but I think these lines give the flowers some needed depth and dimension. Papercutting is very two-dimensional, so line-work is essential for creating "shadow" in order to add depth and dimension to a design. I hope you agree that the lifework adds beautiful detail to these lovely flowers.

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