"Anemone coronaria - Poppy anemone" - Watercolor on Magnani sketchbook
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, Greek anemone means "daughter of the wind". The "Metamorphoses" of Ovid tells that the plant was created by the goddess Venus when she sprinkled nectar on the blood of her dead lover Adonis.
The name "wind flower" is used for the whole genus .
The Anemone coronaria grows wild all over Israel and Jordan.
In 2013 Anemone coronaria was elected as the national flower of the State of Israel, ina pool arranged by the Society for Protection of Nature in Israel.