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Pulsatilla vulgaris (photo courtesy of Jerry Pavia)
Pulsatilla vulgaris (photo courtesy of Jerry Pavia)

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Zones 2B, 3-6, 15-17
Full Sun
Full
Regular Water
Moderate

Pulsatilla vulgaris

Pasque Flower
Ranunculaceae
Perennials, Flowers

PULSATILLA

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 vulgaris

This central European native starts as a 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 cup-shaped, erect or nodding blossom with silky hairs on the outside and a mass of yellow stamens within. Colors range from white through pink shades to purple or red. The fluffy seed clusters are almost as showy as the flowers; each seed is topped by a long, twisting, feathery appendage. Plants grow from a woody root, reach 5–6 in. high in bloom, rise to about 1 1/2 ft. high by the time seeds appear. ‘Pinwheel White’ and ‘Alba’ have white flowers; ‘Rubra’ and ‘Red Clock’ have red blooms.

Best in cool conditions with well-drained soil. May go dormant in summer.

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