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 to 6 in. high in bloom, 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, North America. Erect, 2- to 3 1/2-in. flowers come in rich purple, occasionally yellow or white, on plants that grow 6 to 18 in. in the course of the season.
Hybrid of complex parentage, with foliage like that of Helleborus niger. Grows 1 ft. tall, 1 ...
This American species grows 40 ft. tall with a rounded crown that may spread 25 ft. has become nearly ...
From Greece, Asia Minor. Grows 2 to 8 in. tall, blooming in early spring. Blooms a bit later than ...