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Pasque flower

Pulsatilla vulgaris

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Pasque flower blooms for 4 to 6 weeks in spring with fuzzy flower buds that open to 1.5-inch-wide purple flowers that dance in the breeze. Fuzzy, feathery seedheads take up the dance when the blooms end. By then, the felted leaves have pushed up to produce a lacy gray-green backdrop.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsLong blooming period in spring. Beautiful flowers and interesting seedheads. Self-sowing yields smaller plants that can be moved; mature plants have long taproots and resent transplanting.

CarePrefers full sun and well-drained, neutral or alkaline soil.

PropagationSow seed as soon as ripe in containers in an open frame. Take root cuttings in winter.

ProblemsSlugs and snails may eat new growth.

  • Genus : Pulsatilla
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7
  • Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Self Seeds, Showy Seed Heads
  • Bloom Time : Spring
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Plant Height : Under 6 inches
  • Flower Color : White

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