1. Pasque flower
Name: Pulsatilla patens
USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 8
Size: 6 to 10 inches tall and 10 to 12 inches wide
Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil
What would spring be without fuzzy, ephemeral pasque flower? This plant, also known as prairie crocus, rustles from dormancy in March and April with steely purple flowers. But for seed starters, half the joy of pasque flower follows its momentary blossoming: Spidery heads of seeds dry into wind-borne tails that pleasantly find their way around the garden floor. Collect them before they shatter, and enjoy planting the seeds where you want them—instead of where the wind takes them.
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