Lavender purple blooms and growth to 40cm. Pulsatilla zimmermanii PASQUE FLOWER produces early spring blooms and is very drought tolerant, especially once established.
Growing: Pulsatilla zimmermanii
– Height with flowers: 40cm. approx.
– Width: A well established clump will make approx. 45cm. diameter.
– Position: Full Sun to Partial Shade.
– Soil: Well Drained, Additionally they love lime but are generally very tolerant of a wide variety of soils.
– Frost: Extremely frost hardy, even in hard frosts to well below -10C.
– Growth: Perennial clump. They will remain evergreen in milder climates, but are deciduous in areas with very heavy frosts (like our garden).
– Care: Pasque Flowers are very easy, low maintenance plants once established. They only require normal, average garden watering, and are actually quite tolerant of dry periods once your clumps have got their grip on the world.
– Beneficial for wildlife: Pasque Flowers are particularly rich in both nectar and pollen, so they are very welcome early season treats for bees and other insect pollinators.
– Beware: Should not be ingested. They are not edible, and fresh leaves will actually cause irritation in the mouth – so there is no incentive to take a bite.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Fortunately the chemical compound within the plant that causes mouth irritation when eaten, causes the pesky rabbits and deer to steer clear of them too.
– Origin: Pulsatillas are native to widespread areas of Europe and Asia (hence Pulsatilla’s adaptable, versatile and easy-going nature). Where they grow in light woodland including amongst pines, and out in grassy wild meadows. So they are accustomed to competing amongst other plants.
– History: The common name Pasque Flower (meaning Easter Flower) comes from French. Of course it does flower at Easter in the northern hemisphere, but is a good six months out in our southern hemisphere.