Spanish Marigold - Grecian Windflower
Ranunculus (Buttercup) Family
The plant is a species of flowering herbaceous perennial growing from a bulb-like corm to 12 inches tall, with a basal rosette of few leaves. Its preferred habitat is gardens, prairies, roadsides and old fields. Distribution is occasional in the Escambia region.
The leaves are few at the base of the plant. Each stem bears three leaflets, each deeply lobed.
The flowers are solitary on a tall stem with a whorl of small leaves just below the flower. Each flower has 5 to 8 petal-like tepals. The stamens are usually black, regardless of the tepal colors (red, white or blue). The flowers are bisexual in nature and symmetrical in form. Flowers occur in the spring.
Fruit is follicle.
The genus Anemone is native to the Mediterranean region. The Anemone coronaria (Kalanit in Hebrew) is one of the most well known flowers in Israel. During the British Mandate of Palestine, British soldiers were nicknamed "Kalaniyot" for their red berrets.