'Wild Swan' was selected from a group of seedlings derived from five or six different parents which included Anemone rupicola as a female parent. The precise parentage is difficult to pin down but involves both early and late flowering types. 'Wild Swan' was chosen as the pick of a small group of seedlings by Elizabeth MacGregor at her nursery in Kirkcudbright, between Dumfries and Stranraer in south west Scotland, where it has been on trial for ten years. This exceptional hybrid offers continuous and prolific flowering from June until frost, well beyond that of the Japanese hybrid cultivars, a very unique trait amongst herbaceous plants.
Chosen as 2011 Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year Award, Anemone Wild Swan was praised by Jim Gardener, Director of Horticulture at the Royal Horticultural Society: "The award has been given to a marvelous performing new perennial plant. Not only does it exhibit a long flowering habit but is also an exciting flower. This plant is going to be a great addition to the border with its subtle shades and longevity of flowering. "