Pulsatilla Vulgaris ~ Pasque Flower
May 4, 2010
I love Pasque flower for being such an early bird bloomer in my gardens. The colorful star-shaped blooms are opening right with the daffodils, even before the tulips.
And while I love them for heralding in the Spring, I also enjoy them when they are done blooming; it is then that the fuzzy-wuzzy seed heads often find a place in my flower arrangements. While the flower itself is often too short to use as a cut flower, the stem continues to grow taller as the seed head emerges, making it useful for cutting at that stage. It is a very low maintenance perennial.
I initially planted both a purple and a red Pasque flower, and now have a violet Pasque flower that I am guessing is a seedling from a cross of the two. I love surprises like that!
Hardiness – zone 4 – 8
Height – bloom height 8″-10″, seed head height 12″-15″
Bloom time – Early Spring
Light requirements – full sun to mostly sun
Formerly known as Anemone Pulsatilla.