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Plants of the Week

Pulsatilla vulgaris in cultivation at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.


This is a very variable plant and some subspicies have been recognised, but not universally. […] They are all easy garden plants, usually raised from seed, although it is possible to increase particularly good colour variants […] by root or basal shoot cutting. (Alpine Garden Society, Encyclopaedia of Alpines)

The Pulsatillas, in P. vulgaris or Anemone pulsatilla as we have so long known it, have given us one of the greatest of all spring-flowering rock plants, and one of the oldest plant in cultivation. (Roy Elliott)

A[nemone] pulsatilla is the eponymus hero of this section. And A. pulsatilla (with the rare high-alpine Halleri of the granitic ranges) is also, to my taste, the most beautiful cultivated member of this group. He also has faint claims to be treated among the British alpines, except that he is not really British, and not at all alpine. He is Roman, stauch and indomitable as a Roman should be. Wherever the Romans went, there, with them, went A. pulsatilla. Why they should have taken him with them, I don’t know; but, to this day, on old Roman dykes and circumvallations, all South and Mid-England through, there you have a very good chance of finding A. pulsatilla (Reginald Farrer


Giulio Veronese