Alpine Pasqueflower Pulsatilla alpina subsp. apiifolia

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
parsley-leaved pasqueflower


The plant known as the Alpine Pasque Flower has a distinct and attractive appearance. It features deeply dissected, fern-like leaves that are green to slightly bluish-green and appear soft to the touch. The leaves are arranged in a basal rosette, meaning they encircle the base of the plant's stem. This gives the plant a somewhat compact, dense look from above. The most striking aspect of the Alpine Pasque Flower is its blossoms. The flowers are usually a creamy white hue, though they may have a slight yellow or greenish tint. Each blossom comprises several petal-like sepals that surround a prominent central cluster of yellow stamens. The sepals are silky and may have a slightly furry or downy appearance, which is typical of pasque flowers. These blossoms sit atop the foliage, standing out with their gentle colors and soft textures. After the flowering period during spring or early summer, the plant produces fruit that is equally ornamental. The fruits are plumed, adding a fluffy, cotton-like texture to the plant's visual profile. These feathery appendages catch the light and can give the plant a glowing, ethereal look, especially when backlit by the sun. The overall impression of the Alpine Pasque Flower is one of delicate beauty, with both foliage and blooms possessing a fine and intricate quality that can be appreciated up close.

Plant Info
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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Yellow Pasque Flower, Alpine Pasqueflower, Sulphur Anemone

    • Common names

      Pulsatilla apiifolia, Anemone apiifolia, Anemone sulphurea.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1 feet 2 inches (35 centimeters)

    • Spread

      1 feet (30 centimeters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ecosystem Support: Pulsatilla alpina subsp. apiifolia, commonly known as Alpine Pasqueflower, plays a role in supporting alpine ecosystems by providing food for pollinators such as bees and butterflies.
    • Aesthetic Appeal: With its distinctive bell-shaped, yellow flowers and feathery seed heads, Alpine Pasqueflower adds visual interest and beauty to gardens and natural landscapes.
    • Soil Health: Alpine Pasqueflower can help stabilize soil in rocky alpine environments, preventing soil erosion and promoting soil health.
    • Biodiversity: By growing in diverse alpine habitats, Alpine Pasqueflower contributes to plant biodiversity, supporting a variety of wildlife species.
    • Cultural Significance: In some cultures, Alpine Pasqueflower is appreciated for its symbolic meaning and may be used in traditional events or as part of local folklore.
    • Educational Value: Alpine Pasqueflower can be a valuable species for educational purposes, allowing students and nature enthusiasts to study alpine plant life and botany.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    • Antispasmodic - May help reduce muscle spasms.
    • Anodyne - Used to soothe and relieve pain.
    • Diaphoretic - Promotes sweating.
    • Emmenagogue - May stimulate menstrual flow and activity.
    • Sedative - Can have calming effects on the nervous system.
    • Anxiolytic - Potentially helps reduce anxiety.
    Please note that while these properties are traditionally attributed to Pulsatilla alpina subsp. apiifolia, the safety and efficacy of such uses may not be supported by scientific evidence. Always consult with a healthcare provider before using any herbal remedies.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Pulsatilla alpina subsp. apiifolia, commonly known as Alpine Pasque Flower, has been used to make a yellow dye for wool, taking advantage of the color properties inherent in the plant material.
    • It is sometimes included in rock gardens for its ability to adapt to well-drained soils and its ornamental value, particularly in mountainous or alpine-themed landscapes.
    • The silky seed heads of Alpine Pasque Flower can be used in floral arrangements, providing an ethereal and textured appearance that is prized by florists and artists.
    • This plant has been used as a natural indicator of the health of alpine ecosystems because it is sensitive to environmental changes, such as soil composition and climate.
    • Species like the Alpine Pasque Flower are included in educational programs about native flora, teaching about local biodiversity and plant conservation.
    • The dried seed heads of the Alpine Pasque Flower can be crafted into jewelry or decorative items when coated with a clear preservative.
    • Enthusiasts of botanical illustration may choose Alpine Pasque Flower as a subject due to its distinctive form and the challenge of accurately depicting its fine details in art.
    • In traditional costume making, elements from the plant, such as petals or the aforementioned seed heads, may be used to adorn garments that require a natural embellishment.
    • The Alpine Pasque Flower may be studied in photography, especially macro photography, for its complex structure and the way it interacts with light and the environment.
    • Its presence in a garden can be a lure for pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects, thus playing a role in the support of local ecosystems.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The plant commonly known as Pasqueflower is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The plant commonly known as Pasqueflower is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Adaptability: Pulsatilla alpina subsp. apiifolia, commonly known as Alpine Pasqueflower, grows in high mountainous areas, symbolizing its ability to thrive in challenging environments and adjust to difficult conditions.
    • Rarity and Uniqueness: As a subalpine species, it represents rarity and uniqueness, celebrating the beauty of the uncommon and the value of conservation.
    • Resilience: Alpine Pasqueflower's ability to withstand cold temperatures and bloom even in harsh alpine climates embodies resilience and the capacity to overcome adversity.
    • Renewal and Hope: Blooming in early spring, often while snow is still on the ground, it symbolizes renewal, hope, and the promise of new beginnings after a period of dormancy or hardship.
    • Mysticism and Spirituality: The plant's ethereal appearance and association with high, remote locations may evoke a sense of mysticism and spiritual longing or pursuit.

Every 1-2 weeks
500 - 2500 Lux
Every 3-4 years
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Alpine pasqueflower requires moderate watering, ensuring the soil is kept moist but not waterlogged. It's best to water this plant deeply once a week, providing about one to two gallons depending on the size of the plant and the environmental conditions. During hot or dry periods, increase the frequency to twice a week, but be cautious not to overwater as this can lead to root rot. In winter, reduce watering since the plant will be dormant and its water requirements will be lower. Always check the top inch of soil for dryness before watering to avoid excessive moisture.

  • sunLight

    Alpine pasqueflower thrives in full sunlight to partial shade, making it versatile for various garden spots. The ideal location would provide morning sun and afternoon shade, particularly in regions with very intense midday sun. This plant can tolerate a range of light conditions, but flowering and overall health are best with a balance of sun and light shade.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Alpine pasqueflower prefers cooler temperatures and can survive in temperatures as low as 0 degrees Fahrenheit, though it ideally thrives in a range between 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. It is adapted to alpine conditions, so excessive heat can cause stress. It is crucial to protect the plant from extreme heat by providing afternoon shade or mulching.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning alpine pasqueflower is generally not needed except for the removal of dead or damaged foliage. After flowering, seed heads can be pruned if desired for aesthetic reasons or to prevent self-seeding. The best time to prune is late winter or early spring before new growth begins.

  • broomCleaning

    Not needed

  • bambooSoil

    Alpine pasqueflower thrives in well-draining soil with a mix of sand, loam, and peat moss to mimic its native alpine conditions. The ideal soil pH for this plant should be slightly acidic to neutral, ranging between 5.5 and 7. Regular drainage is important to prevent root rot.

  • plantRepotting

    Alpine pasqueflower rarely needs repotting as it prefers not to be disturbed. Only repot if the plant has outgrown its container, which usually happens every few years. Repotting is best done in the spring as the plant emerges from dormancy.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Alpine pasqueflower is accustomed to outdoor alpine conditions and therefore prefers a lower humidity environment. It is best suited to humidity levels that are typical of an outdoor setting, without the need for additional humidity control.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright light, cool temps, and minimal watering.

    • Outdoor

      Full sun, rocky soil, and good drainage required.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Pulsatilla alpina subsp. apiifolia, commonly known as Alpine Pasqueflower, begins its life as a seed, which requires a period of cold stratification before germinating in the spring. Once the seed germinates, it develops into a small rosette of fern-like leaves near the ground. As the plant matures, it grows a flowering stalk that bears solitary, bell-shaped white or cream flowers, typically blooming in late spring to early summer. After pollination, often by bees or other insects, the flowers give way to distinctive, plume-like seed heads that disperse their seeds with the help of the wind. The plant enters a period of dormancy during the winter, with the leaves dying back. The next spring, the Alpine Pasqueflower resumes growth from its rootstock, continuing its perennial cycle.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • Pulsatilla alpina subsp. apiifolia, also known as Alpine Pasqueflower, is usually propagated by seeds. The most popular method of propagation is to collect seeds when the pods are ripe during late summer. Sowing is recommended in autumn, which allows the cold season to break the dormancy of the seeds—a process known as stratification. Seeds are sown in well-draining seed compost, covered lightly with soil, and kept at around 68°F (20°C) until germination, which can take several weeks to a few months. Once seedlings have developed true leaves and are large enough to handle, they are pricked out into individual pots and grown on in cooler conditions before being planted out in their final position.