Low-growing, clumping plants. Woody rootstock produces foot-wide rosette of finely cut leaves covered with silky hairs; smaller leaves clothe the short flowering stems. In early spring, each stem is topped by a single large, upshaped, erect or nodding blossom with silky hairs on the outside and a mass of yellow stamens within. The fluffy seed clusters are almost as showy as the flowers; each seed is topped by a long, twisting, feathery appendage. Plants reach 5–6 in. high in bloom and rise to about 1 1/2 ft. tall by the time seeds appear. Best in cool conditions. Need well-drained soil. Good rock garden plants. May go dormant in summer.Pulsatilla patens
From Russia, Siberia, and North America. Erect, 2–3 1/2-in. flowers come in rich purple, occasionally yellow or white, on plants that grow to 6–18 in. high in the course of the season.
A miniature of Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Gracilis’, this dwarf grows to only 4 ft. ta...
Low-growing shade lovers with quiet charm. In many kinds, foliage is attractively dappled with gray or...
From Greece, Asia Minor. Grows to 2–8 in. tall, blooming in early spring. Blooms a bit later tha...