Common name: Small Pasque Flower
Plant Classification: Hardy perennial
Minimum Height: 15 cm
Maximum Height: 30 cm
Packet Content(approx.): 8
Dark-purple, sometimes almost black, pendulous, inflated, puckered bell-like flowers are held above finely divided, thread-like leaves which are densely covered with silvery hairs. Being one of four sub-species of the genus Pulsatilla, this unusual and scarce plant is native to central and eastern Europe, south east Norway, western Denmark, and south east to Bulgaria.
Sowing advice: Seeds can be sown at any time but are best sown in winter or early spring to benefit from a cold spell in the wet compost to break their dormancy. We advise covering seeds very thinly with sand or fine grit to about the depth of the seed size. If the seeds do not come up within 6 to 12 weeks the damp seed tray can be given cold treatment in a fridge for about four weeks. They may still take very many months to appear, so please never discard the pot or tray.
PULSATILLA PRATENSIS NIGRICANS
this unusual and scarce plant is native to central