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Pulsatilla vulgaris AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Alpine/Rockery

Habit

Clump-forming

Toxicity

Can cause mild stomach upset if ingested

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Purple in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer

Fruit

Grey/Silver in Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

pasqueflower

Family

Ranunculaceae


Pulsatilla are herbaceous perennials forming clumps of finely dissected leaves, with solitary, hairy bell-shaped or cup-shaped flowers followed by silky-plumed seed-heads

P. vulgaris is a perennial to 20cm, forming a clump of finely dissected basal leaves, silky when young. Flowers 5-9cm in width, erect or nodding, violet, followed by silky fruiting heads

Other common names

  • April fools
  • badgers
  • blue money
  • blue tulip
  • cat's eyes
  • Coventry bells
  • Dane's blood
  • Dane's flower
  • dream herb
  • Easter flower
  • flaw flower
  • flower of the wind
  • gosling
  • hart's horn plant
  • headache plant
  • lion's beard
  • mayflower
  • meadow anemone
  • passeflower
  • prairie smoke
  • rock lily

Synonym(s)

  • Anemone pulsatilla

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in very well-drained soil in full sun; suitable for rock garden, scree or alpine bed. Resents disturbance and can be hard to establish

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam, Chalk or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed or take root cuttings in the winter

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Gravel Garden, Patio/Container Plants or Rock Garden


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Slugs may eat the flowers

Diseases

Generally disease free