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Pulsatilla turczaninovii

Common name Siberian pasqueflower
Family ranunculaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers dark blue (early spring)
Size 18"
Light sun
Cultural notes well-drained soil

Nodding flowers appear in early spring before the feathery leaves unfold. Native of mountainous meadows from Siberia to E Asia. I've tried to grow this several times from seed, and have gotten seedlings three times. The first two times, they didn't survive a full season; wish me luck on this third attempt!

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from NARGS '07/'08 exchange. Removed tails, baggy 70F (26d; 9%G, 17d) - 35F (22d) - 70F (27%G, 9-16d). Only the seedling from the first warm stage developed.
  2. Seed from NARGS '09/'10 exchange. Baggy 70F (25d; 25%G, 14d) - 35F (8w) - 70F (58%G, 12d).
    Also baggy 35F (6w) - 70F (27d; 20%G, 12d).
  3. Seed from NARGS '14/'15 exchange. Baggy 70F (4w; 8%G in 3w, but no dev) - 35F (7w; 8%G, 18d) - 70F (73%G, 3-18d)

A cold stage is certainly helpful - starting with a warm stage also appears to be good practice.

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