Pulsatilla vulgaris Family: Ranunculaceae
Description: An herbaceous perennial with an upright, clump-forming habit. Entire plant is covered in silver-coloured, silky hairs. Mass of soft, feathery, light green-grey leaves are fern-like. Purple, cup-shaped, upward-facing flowers have brilliant yellow stamens with deep purple pistils in their centre. Blooms appear in mid- through late spring. Feathery seed heads follow.
Special Notes: Native to Eurasia and North America, pulsatillas have been a garden favourite since the early 16th Century. Requires good drainage. Reliably flowers about the middle of April, hence the common name “Easter flower”. Propagate by seed; root divisions in spring or autumn.
Caution: All parts of the plant are toxic. Sap can cause skin irritation for some people. Avoid contact in eyes.
RHS Award of Garden Merit 1993
Posted on February 1, 2013