Pass the Pasque Flower

The earliest of the pasque flowers of the genus, Pulsatilla have begun to flower in the crevice/rock garden. The common name “pasque” is a reference to the flowering period, which typically coincides with Passover/Easter. The genus is native to Europe, Asia, and North America, where they reside primarily in the colder, drier regions of each. They are first cousins to the better-known genus, Anemone, and indeed, some taxonomist try to lump them into Anemone. As a genus, they thrive in dry, sunny, gravelly soils…in other words, rock gardens. Below is our first clump of the European Pulsatilla halleri ssp. styrica to flower.

Pulsatilla halleri ssp. styrica

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