Pulsatilla Species, Dane's Blood, European Pasqueflower, Pasque Flower

Pulsatilla vulgaris

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pulsatilla (pul-sa-TIL-uh) (Info)
Species: vulgaris (vul-GAIR-iss) (Info)
Synonym:Anemone pulsatilla



Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Medium Purple

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Anchor Point, Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska

Nikolaevsk, Alaska

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Denver, Colorado

Fort Collins, Colorado(2 reports)

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Newark, Delaware

Wilmington, Delaware

Champaign, Illinois

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Fishers, Indiana

Petersburg, Indiana

Dubuque, Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

Falmouth, Maine

South China, Maine

Baltimore, Maryland

Halifax, Massachusetts

Helena, Montana

Carson City, Nevada

Sullivan, New Hampshire

Brockport, New York

Ithaca, New York

Burlington, North Carolina

Clemmons, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Hendersonville, North Carolina

Fargo, North Dakota

Dayton, Ohio

Albion, Pennsylvania

Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Brigham City, Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

Essex Junction, Vermont

Newport News, Virginia

Anacortes, Washington

CHIMACUM, Washington

Everett, Washington

Mountlake Terrace, Washington

Spokane, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

Porterfield, Wisconsin

Stoughton, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 10, 2016, dduff from Fort Collins, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:

Not native. That's Pulsatilla patens, which has similar flowers, but much less foliage. This one is better suited for a garden/landscape, I think.

Blooms can be a variety of colors (purple, deep red, white).

Pros: Three-season interest. Nice blooms, seed heads and foliage. No problems from rabbits. Very early bloomer.


On Feb 25, 2015, jjstatz29 from Elk Horn, IA (Zone 5b) wrote:

This plant is available from prairie moon nursery [[email protected]]


On May 7, 2013, kmm44 from Dayton, OH wrote:

I bought this plant at a local plant sale 3 yrs ago. It has thrived in a front yard bed with northern exposure. The color is a lovely dusty rose and blooms for several weeks. I amended the soil with compost/manure at planting and don't do much else but water when needed.
When it gets big enough to divide, I will take some up to the lake house, an hour north of Dayton, and try it there. It should be fine.


On Apr 10, 2010, indigobeej from Sullivan, NH wrote:

I can't believe it. I have had these wonderful soft furry plants in my garden for years and they are my favorite plants. I simply love them. But this year I noticed that they weren't up yet and went to investigate and found that where their long tap roots were, there are now deep holes! Something ate their roots! They are all gone. I really didn't think that anything ate these plants. I just have to hope that some of the seeds I planted last fall start to come up. Or I'll wait a few years and buy more...


On Jun 27, 2009, art_n_garden from Colorado Springs, CO (Zone 6a) wrote:

I adore this plant - it is literally the first thing up in the spring with the pulmonarias. It blooms seemingly straight out of the ground, with no leaves - just fuzzy blooms.
Mine is in bright morning sun until about noon and seems to thrive and persist through our variable winters.


On Jun 3, 2009, Erutuon from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

This is a European species. The one native in North America is Pulsatilla (or Anemone) patens.


On Mar 6, 2007, picante from Helena, MT (Zone 4b) wrote:

Pasque flowers are native to this area. We go out looking for them around Easter -- a very welcome sign of spring!


On May 22, 2005, cinemike from CREZIERES,
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

I love pulsatillas, and I would suggest that this is the most beautiful 'vulgaris' in the whole plant kingdom.
Belfast is (more than) a bit wet for them, but I have nursed a few through from seed and am starting to get the lovely flowers.
No self-respecting garden should be without one!


On Apr 23, 2005, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

I planted these in 1997 and enjoyed this plant year after year each early spring when it bloomed. I had it planted in heavy clay soil on a small "bump"in one of my hillside gardens. It did well, enlarging slightly each year until we started having excessively wet years - several in a row, where the ground has never gotten a chance to really dry out. As of this year (2005) the clump has almost disappeared.


On Apr 22, 2005, rainycz from Newark, DE (Zone 7a) wrote:

I grow this in full sun, western exposure in fairly heavy (clay-based) soil. It seems to like the hot, dry location.


On Jul 17, 2004, Karenn from Mount Prospect, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I love this perennial - two or three of the hybrids have white flowers - I happen to have one of them, along with the standard purple one and the "rubra" which is a purplish-red. It blooms in spring along with hyacinths, etc. But what really stands out about this plant is the fine-textured foliage; also the very feathery seed heads (looking almost like dandelions) last for several weeks. When seed heads strt to fade, you can cut back the foliage - it will grow a fresh "crop" of the beautiful foliage, which then looks great all summer! It prefers moist, well-drained (what plant doesn't?!) soil in part sun - mine multiply on the east side of my home.


On Jul 15, 2004, shortcm from Wilmington, DE (Zone 7b) wrote:

I love this little plant. It's at the northwest base of my floribunda rose and japanese maples bushes, so it gets partial shade. It has a pleasing domed shape, so I keep surrounding plants from crowding it. Purple flowers, nut the foliage is also beautiful.


On Jun 17, 2001, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is low growing plant has nodding lavender purple blooms with bright golden stamens and it is suitable for rock gardens or the front of the perennial border. The foliage is deeply divided and covered with soft silvery hairs. They are quite drought tolerant once established and prefer a sunny location with well-drained soil. An added bonus is the attractive seed heads that remain on the plant for several weeks after the plants have finished blooming.

Cultivars in red, white , and pink may also be available at garden centers.