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Pulsatilla patens ssp. multifida
Pulsatilla patens (L.) Mill. ssp. multifida (Pritz.) Zamels
Cutleaf anemone, Pasqueflower, Wild crocus
Synonym(s): Anemone ludoviciana, Anemone multifida, Anemone nuttalliana, Anemone patens var. multifida, Anemone patens var. nuttalliana, Anemone patens var. wolfgangiana, Pulsatilla hirsutissima, Pulsatilla ludoviciana, Pulsatilla nuttalliana, Pulsatilla patens ssp. hirsutissima
USDA Symbol: PUPAM
This is a low perennial, rarely exceeding 6 in. in height. Its furry leaf clusters appear soon after winter snows disappear, and the large, showy, lavender flowers open soon thereafter. Long, silky hairs cover the finely divided, deeply lobed leaves and give the plant a silvery sheen. These leaves continue to expand after the flowers open. Long plumes of seed-like fruits follow the flowers.
This plants bloom period greatly affected by altitude.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , Jul , Aug
, WY Canada: AB
, SK Native Distribution: WI
s. to IL, MO, TX, NM
mts., n.e. UT
& WA Native Habitat:
Prairies; sandy hillsides; high alt., ponderosa pine communities
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil pH: Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2)
Soil Description: Dry, sandy loams.
Conditions Comments: This plant does not like competition from grasses or other shade-producing vegetation. Seed production is improved if the plant is protected from high winds. Its bloom period greatly affected by altitude.
POISONOUS PARTS: All parts when fresh. Toxic only if eaten in large quantities. Symptoms include inflammation and blistering upon contact with fresh sap
and irritation of the mouth, vomiting and diarrhea following ingestion. (Poisonous Plants of N.C.) Conspicuous Flowers:
PropagationDescription: Best propagated by seed which benefits from a short period of stratification. Treatment, however, is not necessary. Seedlings are difficult to establish unless raised in a nursery bed and transplanted after a year. Two to three years to flowering. Pro
Seed Collection: Collect from May to early June.
Seed Treatment: Cold-moist stratification.
Commercially Avail: yes
Record Last Modified: 2009-02-19
Research By: TWC Staff