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.
From Russia, Siberia, and North America. Erect, 2–3 1/2-in. flowers come in rich purple, occasio...
Best known of several selections is ‘Sulphureum’, 12–20 in. tall, with light yellow ...
From Greece, Asia Minor. Grows to 2–8 in. tall, blooming in early spring. Blooms a bit later tha...