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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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Fruit Type: Achene
Size Notes: Up to about 2 feet tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: 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 ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil pH: Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2)
Conditions Comments: Requires good drainage. May go dormant during drought.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationPropagation 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 DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 928 - 100 easy-to-grow native plants for Canadian gardens (2005) Johnson, L.; A. Leyerle
Bibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
Bibref 1294 - The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.
Search More Titles in Bibliography
Web ReferenceWebref 61 - Alaska Wildflowers (2020)
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Pulsatilla patens in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Pulsatilla patens in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Pulsatilla patens
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-05-04
Research By: TWC Staff