Pulsatilla vulgaris Mill.
Pulsatilla vulgaris is a perennial.
Pulsatilla vulgaris was described by Philip Miller in 1768. The name is considered as validly published.
The perennials have a clumpforming habit and reach heights of 15 to 25 centimetres. The plants reach a width of 10 to 30 centimetres.
Pulsatilla vulgaris is deciduous. The bluish green, bipinnate leaves are basal. The acicular leaflets are entire and petiolate. The leaves are around 10 to 20 centimetres large and have a glabrous surface.
Flowers and Fruits
Pulsatilla vulgaris produces solitary erect, bluish purple campanulate flowers from March to April.
The perennials produce ornamental white nutlets in summer.
Pulsatilla vulgaris is native to Europe.
The perennials prefer a sunny situation on dry soil. The substrate should be sandy, sandy-loamy or gritty-loamy soil with a pH between 8 and 10. They tolerate temperatures down to -29Â°C (USDA zone 5).
Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber
- steppes/dry forests (usually calcareous soil)
- woodland borders (soil usually rich in humus)
Pulsatilla vulgaris is considered a very valuable wild perennial. The ornamental value lies especially in its fragrance. The recommended planting distance is 30 centimetres, the perennials are best planted in groups of 3 to 5. Suited for rockeries and for roof greening, as well as suited as slope plant, specimen plant and as bee pasture.
Maintenance and Propagation
- Divide every few years.
Propagate by sowing.
Pulsatilla vulgaris is toxic.
Please read the health issues note!
Pests and Diseases
- Walter Erhardt, Erich GÃ¶tz, Nils BÃ¶deker, Siegmund Seybold: Der groÃe Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
- Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.