Pulsatilla vulgaris is now a very rare native species and a plant with exceptional beauty. A low growing plant with nodding violet/purple blooms with bright golden stamens. The silky foliage is deeply divided and covered with soft silvery hairs.
The Pulsatilla genus includes some of the loveliest of all flowering plants. From the time in early spring when their woolly, hairy flower buds first appear; through flowering-time when their beautiful flowers will attract praise from all that see them; through the time their enchanting, hairy, feathery seed-heads , which are good for flower arrangements, are formed; through to autumn when their feathery, hairy foliage always looks attractive, these plants are always a delight.
Flowers are produced very early, often opening while still under snow cover. Excellent either for the rock garden, front of the perennial border or cold greenhouse, their main requirement is a well-drained soil.
Pulsatilla vulgaris 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 vulgaris Common Name Pasque Flower, Windflower, Meadow Anemone Other Common Names Easterflower, Crowfoot, Hardiness Hardy Perennial Flowers Violet/Purple in Early Spring through to Early Autumn Height 15-30cm (6-12in) Spread 22-30cm (9-12in) Position Full Sun Soil Must be well drained Notes Alpine