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

8 comments:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    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 :(

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