Anemone blanda Schott & Kotschy, Oesterr. Bot. Wochenbl. 4: 129 1854. (Syn: Anemone apennina subsp. blanda (Schott & Kotschy) Nyman; Anemonoides blanda (Schott & Kotschy) J. Holub);
Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Slovakia, Northern Caucasus,
Georgia [Caucasus], , Turkey (Inner Anatolia, N-Anatolia, NW-Anatolia: Bithynia,
S-Anatolia, SSW-Anatolia, SW-Anatolia, W-Anatolia, WN-Anatolia), Cyprus
(C-Mountains, N-Cyprus), East Aegaean Isl., Rhodos, Lebanon (Antilebanon,
C-Lebanon), Syria (W-Syrian Mountains), USA (I) (Kentucky (I), Michigan (I),
Ohio (I), Virginia (I)), Canada (I) (Ontario (I))
as per Catalogue of Life;

Anemone blanda (common names Grecian windflower or winter windflower) is a species of flowering plant in the family Ranunculaceae, native to southeastern Europe, Turkey, Lebanon, and Syria.

An herbaceous tuberous perennial, it grows to 15 cm (6 in) tall and broad.
It is valued for its daisy-like flowers which appear in early Spring, a time when little else is in flower. The flowers are an intense shade of purple blue, but are also available in shades of pink and white. It grows in any well-drained soil which dries out in summer; hence it is often used for underplanting deciduous trees which provide the necessary conditions. It rapidly colonises any favoured location. The dark green foliage dies down in summer.[1]
This plant[2] and its cultivar A. blanda var. rosea ‘Radar’,[3] have gained the Royal Horticultural Society‘s Award of Garden Merit.
The specific epithet blanda means “mild” or “charming”.[4]
(From Wikipedia on 11.7.14)

Requesting to please ID this plant captured in Chicago Botanic Garden, USA in May 2013.

Perhaps Brachyscome multifida

Thank you for the possible ID, …, however, googling shows the leaf structure of Brachyscome multifida to be different…..

Is it possible?

Can this be Anemone blanda

You are right, this is the Grecian Windflower – Anemone blanda Schott & Kotschy [Ranunculaceae].





Attached are pictures of Anemone blanda captured at Michigan, USA in May 2013.
Requested to please validate the ID.

Unique upload, thanks …