Pulsatilla vulgaris

This glorious member of the anemone family, called the pasque-flower, grows wild on the chalk downs near my cottage which means, according to legend, that Danish blood was spilt there centuries ago. In the garden, it is usually grown as a rock plant, but is just as appropriate in the foreground of any sunny corner. Strangely enough, though a native of downland, it does not seem to thrive if planted in turf.

The flowers bloom in Britain at Pasque or Easter time, in years when this movable feast falls late. They are large, of a deep violet colour with bright yellow stamens. The leaves and stalks are co-vered with silky hairs, and fluffy seed-heads follow the flowers. There are garden varieties available in wine-red and white.

Plant Pulsatilla in well-drained soil, preferably limy, the plants 10 inches (25 cm) apart – they will form good clumps if left undisturbed. If a companion is wanted for the violet species. I cannot imagine anything better than white. Arabis caucasi-ca would be delightful, though it can be invasive, or perhaps a mound of the dwarf shrub Iberis sempervirens, which is neatness itself.

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