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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 27, 2006
7:14 PM

Post #2227389

What species would it be?

Seems it would be a fairly simple identifying characteristic. I lost my label on this seedling. Anyone have a good pulsatilla key?
Galanthophile
North East England
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

April 29, 2006
8:00 AM

Post #2232212

Do you have a picture? I'll have a look and see what I can find out.
Galanthophile
North East England
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

April 29, 2006
8:15 AM

Post #2232220

Well, it seems there is much confused information on pulsatilla species! It could be patens, ambigua, multifida, nuttalliana, hirsutissima, ludoviciana, occidentalis or plain old vulgaris. Over to you..
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 29, 2006
7:03 PM

Post #2233245

I did take a film picture, so it needs to be developed. And of the flower too(not so unusual). I guess I erroneously thought that palmate leaf structure would be an easy identification. Of the species you listed, only vulgaris is on the list of seeds I planted. But everyone knows how infallible seed package labels are. Most came from NARGS. These are the species "possibilities," from the seed I planted:
albana
halleri ssp. slavica
bungeana
cernua
pratense
vulgaris
turczaninovii
(and not that every species came up, mind you)

The flower was basically white, with some purple veination, and petals very rounded(to an oval shape). Flower upfacing. I do have a pic of it in bud:

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 29, 2006
7:10 PM

Post #2233254

As you may be thinking, that's not a typical Pulsatilla bud, either. This is P. halleri ssp. slavica with a more typical bud form.

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Galanthophile
North East England
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

May 1, 2006
6:13 AM

Post #2237502

It looks a very interesting flower with those brown hairs, from my amateurish eyes not like vulgaris which are the pulsatilla I have. I hope you do find out what it is. I see both are in pots. Are they indoors?
Galanthophile
North East England
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

May 1, 2006
6:22 AM

Post #2237513

This will be my first vulgaris rubra to bloom

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 1, 2006
7:16 PM

Post #2239262

Pots stay outside all winter. These plants are getting planted in the ground . . . today, in fact. Also have turczaninovii blooming in a pot now. Can't wait 'til I post pics. Dare I say, it is true blue?
Galanthophile
North East England
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

May 5, 2006
3:46 PM

Post #2251253

You MUST post a picture of that!
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 6, 2006
12:38 AM

Post #2252587

Here I am. Just got my pictures back, and ready to do just that. But first, the original impetus of this thread:

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 6, 2006
12:47 AM

Post #2252613

Not EXACTLY palmate, I know. But for a pulsatilla, it's close.
Now Pulsatilla halleri ssp. slavica.

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 6, 2006
12:56 AM

Post #2252639

And now the real sweetie in the next two pics. My all time favorite (until I fall in love with another of God's creations.)
Pulsatilla turczaninovii

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 6, 2006
12:59 AM

Post #2252652

And in full bloom:

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taramark

(Zone 4a)

May 6, 2006
5:35 AM

Post #2253395

Beautiful!

Inspiring!
Galanthophile
North East England
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

May 6, 2006
7:09 AM

Post #2253472

Oh my that is a beauty! I reckon I have to have the halleri as that might be easier to obtain. Thanks.

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