P. alpina has more upright flowers than other species of Pulsatilla, which generally has drooping flowers. The white flowers are produced very early, often opening while still under snow cover.
The Pasque flower is a sign that Easter has arrived. This charming white form makes an interesting alternative to the usual purple types. The pretty spring flowers are followed by fluffy seed-heads. Pulsatilla takes a while to get established and then does not like being disturbed, so plant it in the right spot and leave it alone. If happy, plants will self-seed, so leave the seed heads to allow colonies to build up.
Pulsatilla alpina has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Sowing: Sow in late winter to early spring - February to April
or sow in late summer to Autumn - August to October.
Trim the 'tails' off the seed and sow on the surface of lightly firmed, moist seed compost in pots or trays. Just cover the seed with a light sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. After sowing, do not exclude light as this helps germination.
Keep at a temperature of between 15 to 20°C (59 to 68°F). Keep the surface of the compost moist but not waterlogged; germination is erratic, taking between 30 to 180 days.
When large enough to handle, transplant the seedlings into 7.5cm (3in) pots or trays. Gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions for 10 to 15 days before planting out.
Plant 30cm (12in) apart. For best results, provide well-drained soil in full sun.
Pulsatilla flowers and seed are toxic: not to be eaten!
Alpines and Rockeries, and Flower Borders and Beds. Flower arranging.
Pulsatilla vulgaris, commonly known as Pasqueflower or Pasque Flower, is native to most of Europe, including the UK. In its native habitat it grows on calcareous grassland on south or south west facing slopes.
The genus name Pulsatilla is derived from the Latin pulsare meaning ‘to pulsate’ in reference to the movement of the flowers in the wind.
The species name vulgaris is from the Latin meaning ‘common’, meaning that it is a well known plant.
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Packet Size 10 Seeds Family Ranunculaceae Genus Pulsatilla Species alpina Common Name Alpine Pasque Flower, Windflower, Meadow Anemone Other Common Names Easterflower, Crowfoot, Hardiness Hardy Perennial Flowers White in Early Spring through to Early Autumn Height 22-30cm (8-12in) Spread 22-30cm (8-12in) Position Full Sun Soil Must be well drained Notes Alpine