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A blog devoted to sharing timely horticulture topics and answering the questions of gardeners and homeowners.
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Plant of the Week: Pasque Flower

I didn't get around to Plant of the Week on Friday, so here is last week's Plant of the Week, the Pasque Flower (Pulsatilla vulgaris, also known as Anemone pulsatilla). I just planted a pasque flower in my landscape and I'm loving it so far!
Pasque Flower is an herbaceous perennial that is best grown in fertile, humusy, gritty, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to light shade. Kind of specific right? According to Missouri Botanic Garden,  good soil drainage is essential and best performance occurs in cool climates. Plants also need consistent moisture in hot summer climates. I'll be curious to see how this perennial performs in my landscape. My site is in part shade and should stay pretty moist most of the summer.
The hairy flower stems of pasque flower emerge from the ground in spring (March-April) revealing a beautiful purple flower. This is followed by the foliage that elongates and grows taller after bloom, with plants typically maturing to 9-12” tall. The flowers are followed by equally-ornamental, plume-like seedheads (reminiscent of some clematis) in fluffy spherical clusters.

Learn more about Pasque Flower here and here.

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