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Sun: Full to Part
Flowers: 5-8 petal-like sepals on a single stem form a 2 1/2" silky, fuzzy flower. It has numerous yellow stamens and pistils.
Leaves: A circle of silky leaves appears just below the flower, but, the palm-like true leaves do not appear until the plant is done flowering. They are about 3" long, hairy, and divided into long, slender lobes.
This is a very showy wildflower and the first flower to peak out of the snow on the prairie. It grow very well on very dry, sandy and gravelly soils. This plant makes a fine rock garden specimen and should be included in all upland prairie restoration projects. A true beauty!
Medicinal Uses: Pulsatilla has been used to treat such ailments as cataracts, rheumatism, ulcers, bronchitis, whooping cough and asthma. The alkaloids in the plant can cause upset stomach and depression. In Europe, it was used to treat menstrual complaints, sterility and ovaries.
Other Uses: The cup shape and shiny inner petals use solar energy to create a warm space within the flower. This warm space protects the flower and the early spring insects that pollinate it. They bloom near Easter time, and settlers once used their petals to color Easter eggs.
More Information: The seeds of the Pulsatilla plant themselves: The seeds have long tails covered with hair. These hairs absorb water and dry out at different rates, so every time they get wet, they twist and wiggle down to the soil as they dry. Individual plants can live up to 50 years.
Name: Pasque is Old French for Easter.