Prairie Crocus

Botanical Name: Pulsatilla nuttalliana aka P. patens

Height: 10 cm

Bloom Time: Early spring

Growing Conditions: Full sun and very well drained soil. For earliest bloom, site on a south-facing slope. Plants are sturdy once you get them past the seedling stage but they are susceptible to slugs. A gritty rock mulch probably helps.

Ottawa Valley or eastern Ontario seed source: No. Our seed came from Prairie Originals in southern Manitoba.

Wildlife Benefits: Early bees.

Seeds: Germination Code: A (easy, warm germinator) or C(30) (short period of cold, moist stratification). Fresh seed is essential. This seed does not last long in storage.

Remarks: This is the floral Emblem of Manitoba. It is shorter, paler, fuzzier, and usually earlier than European Pasqueflower (Pulsatilla vulgaris).

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