Rob's plants
home garden plants wildlife seed photos
plant sale journal topics plantlinks fun guestbook

Pulsatilla vulgaris

Pulsatilla vulgaris
Synonym(s) Anemone pulsatilla
Common name pasque flower
Family ranunculaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z4-8)
Flowers violet
Size 12"
Light full sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil
From seed Germinate at room temperature.
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensearly June

One of the earliest flowers to bloom in spring. The whole plant, including the flowers, and soft-silvery-hairy; the seedheads that follow the flowers are feathery balls of silver. One of our favorite perennials.

pasque flower
Pulsatilla vulgaris
One that we grew from seed in 2004 is the subspecies Pulsatilla vulgaris ssp. gotlandica. It bloomed right along with the regular ones in mid-April 2005. As the photos below show, the petals are more rounded than those of the plain species, giving the flowers a rather different look. We like 'm both.

pasque flower
Pulsatilla vulgaris
Another variety, blooming for the first time for us this year, is 'Rote Glocke', which is just about perfectly red. Even though the German name translates to 'Red Bells', the English version (as sold by Thompson and Morgan, for example) seems to be 'Red Cloak'. In fact, most of our pasqueflowers are offspring of seed labeled as such, but which sprouted the common purple variety. We got the red ones shown below at Point Phillip Perennials, and I think they are dandy.

pasque flower
Pulsatilla vulgaris
pasque flower
Finally, after two attempts from seed, the variety 'Alba' turns out true (a previous attempt yielded the regular purple variety)
Pulsatilla vulgaris
I couldn't resist sticking another photo of ssp. gottlandica on this page...

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

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

About my plant portraits
PlantLinks to other web pages about Pulsatilla vulgaris

Visitors to this page have left the following comments

Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed for 'Violet Bells' collected in '00. Baggy 70F (80%G, 13-20d).
    Seed for 'Red Cloak from '00 garden. Baggy 70F (30%G, 9-23d).
  2. Seed for 'Alba' from '01 trade. Baggy 70F (30%G, 12-19d). Turned out to be purple when it flowered in '03
  3. Seed for 'Rubra' from '03 trade. Baggy 70F (40%G, 12-20d)
    Seed for 'Red Cloak' from '03 garden. Baggy 70F (65%G, 12-17d)
    Seed for ssp. gotlandica from '03 trade. Baggy 70F (60%G, 12-21d)
    Seed for 'Alba' from '03 trade. Baggy 70F (60%G, 12-32d)
  4. Seed from '05 garden. Baggy 70F (77%G, 11-20d)
  5. Seed for sp. from '06 garden. Baggy 70F (80%G, 12-19d);
    Seed for 'Rote Glocke' from '06 garden. Baggy 70F (70%G, 12-19d);
    Seed for 'Alba' from '03 trade. Baggy 70F (no G, 21d);
    Seed for ssp. gottlandica from '03 trade. Baggy 70F (no G, 21d)
  6. Seed for 'Rote Glocke' from '07 garden. Baggy 70F (55%G, 10-19d)
    Seed for P. rubra (most likely P. v. 'Rubra') from NARGS '07/'08 exchange. Baggy 70F (15d) - 35F (4w) - 70F (22%G, 3-11d)
  7. Seed from 'Rote Glocke' from '08 garden. Baggy 70F (68%G, 10-20d)
  8. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (40%G, 13-30d)
  9. Seed from '10 garden. Baggy 70F (85%G, 12-28d)
  10. Seed from '11 garden. Baggy 70F (30%G, 12-22d)
  11. Seed from '14 garden, cold-stored. Baggy 70F (92%G, 13-22d)

Viability is clearly limited to a year or two; within that range, germination is straightforward at room temperature.

I welcome comments about my web pages; feel free to use the form below to leave feedback about this particular page. For the benefit of other visitors to these pages, I will list any relevant comments you leave, and if appropriate, I will update my page to correct mis-information. Faced with an ever-increasing onslaught of spam, I'm forced to discard any comments including html markups. Please submit your comment as plain text. If you have a comment about the website as a whole, please leave it in my guestbook. If you have a question that needs a personal response, please e-mail me.

Your name

Your comments