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. My finger crossing seems to have worked 🙂 – it was Frogend dweller. Sorry for the confusion. I added a link to this year’s post towards the end of mine.

    1. I always look out for them at this time of the year. I tried to grow them years ago on clay but that didn’t work out too well.

    1. The silvery mist is very strong in your pictures. There is so much going on in this plant that it’s easy to overlook the purple centres. I did that myself – saw them on another picture and rechecked my own.

  1. It is a very dark day here, with lots of rain and no sunshine, and when these flowers popped up on my computer screen, they changed this whole room! They are lovely and their folk names give them special meaning, I think. Easter indeed.

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