PASQUE FLOWER

FAMILY: Ranunculaceae | GENUS: Pulsatilla vulgaris

TYPE
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
WATER
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8

Plant Details

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 56 in. high in bloom, rise to about 112 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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