Pulsatilla vulgaris: an Easter Treat

Purple flowers with yellow stamens
Pulsatilla vulgaris (Pasqueflower) has furry, feathery foliage that catches the light

This garden plant stopped me in my tracks on my walk to the local park. Purple, silken flowers were lit up by a golden boss of stamens; the foliage throwing a silvery mist into the mix.

I’ve never seen pulsatilla growing wild in the UK, and perhaps I never will. This increasingly rare wildflower must be a magical sight. The young, emerging foliage is covered in long hairs creating a halo effect around the buds.

Its tendency to flower around Easter has inspired the folk names Pasqueflower and anemone of Passiontide.

For more about Pulsatilla vulgaris, check out The Wildlife Trusts’ website, a resource created by 46 independent charities with a shared mission to protect wild places and help people get closer to nature.

To see them growing wild on Therfield Heath, take a look at Frogend dweller’s post.

Shared for Cee’s Flower of the Day.

34 Replies to “Pulsatilla vulgaris: an Easter Treat”

  1. A very beautiful flower with quite a regal colour combination. I think it strange that vulgaris which in latin means “common”, is the origin for our modern word vulgar which means something else.

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