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Regional Reports: The Best Perennials to Start from Seed – Midwest

Perennials to start from seed

Fine Gardening – Issue 155

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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