Pulsatilla: Pasque Flower

Pulsatilla in a rock garden

  Pulsatilla is famous for blooming at Easter time and was given the common name of Pasque Flower for “pasque” means Passover in the Christian religion. Pulsatilla is affectionately called windflower for the Greek meaning of the word “anemos” means “daughter of the wind.” Pulsatilla is at its best when a breeze causes the blossoms to nod softly. The attractive, silky tufts of pulsatilla are often accused of being aggressive when seeding but this darling has never naturalized or reseeded in my northern gardens. The attractive seed heads are like another round of flowering for they look quite dramatic in the garden or the vase. The foliage is deeply divided...