Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Pretty Pulsatilla Vulgaris

While the rest of the perennials are working on growing leaves, Pulsatilla vulgaris is putting on a spectacular show.

This little plant blooms in early spring and produces crocus-like flowers in shades of lilac to violet-purple.

The seed heads that follow are soft feathery tufts or plumes. To encourage self-seeding, scatter them around.

This plant is a great choice for a rock garden, but from my experience, it grows well in a regular flower bed.

Once established, Pulsatilla vulgaris is quite drought tolerant, which is a very attractive trait for the garden.

Here is some basic information for this lovely plant:

Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade

Soil Type: Normal, sandy or clay

Soil pH: Neutral, alkaline or acid

Soil Moisture: Average or dry

Care Level: Easy

Flower Colour: Mauve/lilac, mixed purple

Blooming Time: Early spring, mid spring, late spring

Foliage Color: Deep green

Flower Head Size: Medium

Height: 15-30 cm (6-12 inches)

Spread: 20-30 cm (8-12 inches)

Growth Rate: Medium


  1. Beautiful macro shots of such a pretty flower! I've been wondering what plant zone you live in? I am in zone 4.

    1. I am in zone 5b. It's not the warmest, but it can accommodate quite an assortment of plants.

  2. Such beautiful photographs! You make a flower look absolutely huggable!

    1. Thank you, Francie. 'Huggable'...that is one of the nicest comments I've ever heard.

  3. Oh that's the word I was looking for, huggable!
    Gorgeous shots.

    1. Thanks, LaelShine! I really like the word 'huggable'.

  4. Martha! These are perfect photos! Can even see the fuzzies along the edges! Nice job. We love these too and call them Anemome.

    1. Thanks, Jim. I'm having fun with the camera. The weather has turned on us - again! It's bleh outside... No garden for awhile :(