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Pulsatilla patens (Eastern pasqueflower)
Sherman, Doug

Pulsatilla patens

Pulsatilla patens (L.) Mill.

Eastern Pasqueflower, American Pasqueflower

Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)


USDA Symbol: PUPA5

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N)

From a cluster of deeply cut basal leaves rises a silky-hairy stalk with a solitary, blue to purple or white flower above a circle of 3 unstalked leaves with linear segments.

The feathery, silky fruiting head is the distinctive feature of this western grassland species. The common name refers to the Eastertime flowering throughout much of its range.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun


USA: AK , CO , IA , ID , IL , KS , MI , MN , MT , ND , NE , NM , SD , TX , UT , WA , WI , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NT , ON , SK , YT
Native Distribution: Nw. Canada east to n. Wisconsin and Michigan; south through Illinois and Missouri to Texas; west beyond our range.
Native Habitat: Grasslands.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil pH: Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2)
Conditions Comments: Requires good drainage. May go dormant during drought.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes


Propagation Material: Clump Division , Root Cuttings , Seeds
Description: Easy to start from seed. Divide or take root cuttings in spring or late fall.
Seed Collection: Seeds appear as wispy plumes in summer.
Seed Treatment: Seeds do not require cold stratification.

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

USDA: Find Pulsatilla patens in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Pulsatilla patens in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Pulsatilla patens


Record Modified: 2012-10-03
Research By: TWC Staff

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