Monday, April 11, 2011

Pasque Flower Pulsatilla vulgaris

 

The purple Pasque Flowers are now blooming out after a beautiful weekend of warm  weather.

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Pasque flower blooms for 4 to 6 weeks in spring with fuzzy flower buds that open to about 2 inches  or 2.5 inches  wide purple flowers that dance in the breeze.

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Fuzzy, feathery seedheads  appear as  the blooms end. By then, the felted leaves have pushed up to produce a lacy gray-green backdrop.

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Self-sowing yields smaller plants that can be moved but the  mature plants have long taproots and resent transplanting. They prefer full sun and well-drained soil.
Mine are in part shade and do fine since they bloom before the leaves get on the trees in my shady bed.
Zone Hardy to 5-7

Propagation:
Sow seed as soon as the seed heads are ripe in containers in an open frame or you can take root cuttings in the winter

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This would look wonderful in a Rock Garden for early Spring blooms. I love the fuzzy leaves and stems and anemone type flower blooms.
I have another Pasque Flower that is deep red in color called  “Red Clock”  which has not bloomed yet. They also come in with white blooms.

Happy Gardening Everyone,
Lona

23 comments:

Becca's Dirt said...

Beautiful flower. I'm not familiar with that one. Hope you have a good day.

Darla said...

What a great flower to usher in Spring. I want to see the red one..oh la la!

Liz said...

Hi Lona,

I love Pasque flowers and remember the first time I ever came across them at Sheffield Botanical Gardens... I've never got round to getting any and cannot quite understand why...

Beautiful photos of such a wonderful flower :)

Alison said...

I really love this flower, I need to get some. They have such great fuzzy leaves and fuzzy seed heads.

Giga said...

Napatrzyłam sie na Twoje sasanki, bo u mnie jeszcze nie kwitną. POZDRAWIAM

RainGardener said...

Lona what a beautiful little flower. I like the fuzzy look too. Great pictures you got of it.

Karen said...

Lona, that pasque flower is so pretty, love the closeup of the fuzzy leaves. I wonder if I could tuck some in around here, would they survive? We're sort of Z5 lately, maybe as you said, in amongst my big ol' rocks they'd be happy. I really want to try some in the future.

ONG said...

I love the look of these and wonder if they could survive my heavy clay? I need to add more early spring color to my gardens and these look all sorts of awesome!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

ONG: I have heavy clay soil also and they have done well in it.

Karen: I think they would survive in a micro climate around your stones to add warmth. They would be so pretty.

RG: Thanks.I have lynchis growing from the seeds you sent. Yeah!!!

Giga: Thanks for dropping by!

Alison: They are an early bloomer too wish makes them nice to have.

Liz: I am looking for some white ones now since this two have done so well.

Darla: Girl the red is beautiful!

Becca: I just learned of them last Spring when I spotted them on some blogs. I saw some at a local nursery and grabbed them up. LOL!

Patsy said...

I like the purple and yellow together also red and purple pansy's.

HolleyGarden said...

Pretty flowers. I don't have this in my garden. I'll be looking for it now!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Lona, another flower I may have to recapture. I had them at my last home and forgot how beautiful they are.

Eileen

lifeshighway said...

Lovely flower, I am not familiar with it but I love the silvery leaves. I will be on the look out for it.

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Fuzzy and very cute.

Bonnie said...

I grow this plant too. I can't wait for it to bloom. What a great post!

Diana (Di) said...

Lona, that is one beautiful flower, but not to be exceeded by your photos. Simply lovely!

Kate @ Gardening and Gardens said...

Beautiful! I does remind me of anemone a little bit. I like the fuzzy bits too and can certainly imagine it in a rock garden.

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

What beauties! They are marginally hardy here, must be why I don't know it well, it sure is a neat looking plant.

gardenwalkgardentalk.com said...

This is a flower I have not seen, yet if would grow here. I will be on the look out for it now. Pretty and fuzzy too.

leavesnbloom said...

Oh that purple flower is so beautiful Lona. I must get out and photograph mine though I think my purple one is a deeper shade than yours. I've got white too which seeds all over the place and I just bought a burgundy red one last week.

Heather at Dusty Bay said...

Ooo I don't have that one - never heard of it either to be quite honest. Looks like it would grow in my area too, thank you for the information!

Dirt Princess said...

Your photos are just magical to me!!!! They are always beautiful

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

I have been scouring the garden for any sign of the pulsatilla but nothing yet. One of my favourite spring flowers. Beautiful photos. V