Red pasqueflower Pulsatilla rubra

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


P. rubra is a clump-forming perennial to 20cm tall, with silky-hairy leaves much divided into linear lobes, and solitary, nodding bell-shaped dusky red flowers 6-8cm wide opening in spring

Plant Info
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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Red Pasque Flower, Red Pasqueflower, Red Anemone, Red Wind Flower.

    • Common names

      Anemone pulsatilla var. rubra, Pulsatilla vulgaris var. rubra.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6 inches (15 cm)

    • Spread

      12 inches (30 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Value - Pulsatilla rubra, commonly known as Red Pasque Flower, adds aesthetic appeal to gardens with its vibrant red flowers and feathery seed heads.
    • Attracts Pollinators - The plant's colorful blooms attract a variety of pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, which are essential for the pollination of many other plants.
    • Ecosystem Support - By providing a source of nectar and pollen, Red Pasque Flower plays a role in supporting local ecosystems and biodiversity.
    • Low Maintenance - Pulsatilla rubra is known for its hardiness and ability to thrive in poor soil, making it a low-maintenance choice for gardeners.
    • Drought Tolerance - Once established, Red Pasque Flower is quite tolerant of drought, which is beneficial in areas prone to water scarcity.
    • Spring Interest - This plant is one of the earliest to flower in spring, providing color and interest after the winter season.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    • Antispasmodic: Pulsatilla rubra has been used to help relax muscle spasms.
    • Sedative: It is traditionally believed to have sedative effects that can help in treating insomnia and anxiety.
    • Anodyne: The plant may possess pain-relieving properties.
    • Anti-inflammatory: Pulsatilla rubra is suggested to reduce inflammation in various conditions.
    • Emmenagogue: Historically, it has been used to stimulate menstrual flow and regulate menstruation.
    • Expectorant: Pulsatilla rubra might aid in the clearance of mucus from the respiratory tract.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Pulsatilla rubra, commonly known as Pasque Flower, can be utilized as a natural fabric dye to produce a range of colors including greenish-yellow hues, depending on the mordant used.
    • The seed fluff from the Pasque Flower is sometimes used in crafting, for instance, to add natural textures to homemade dolls or as stuffing for small hand-sewn toys.
    • Gardeners may use the dried seed heads of the Pasque Flower in floral arrangements, providing an interesting and delicate touch to bouquets.
    • The Pasque Flower is utilized as a subject in photography and botanical illustration due to its unique and photogenic appearance, especially during its flowering phase.
    • The blooming of Pasque Flower can serve as a phenological indicator; its blooming phase signifies the onset of spring and helps in studying climate patterns.
    • Landscapers use the Pasque Flower as a ground cover plant in rock gardens and alpine garden designs, thanks to its low-growing habit.
    • Its ability to thrive in poor soil makes Pasque Flower a suitable choice for erosion control on slopes and banks that are otherwise hard to vegetate.
    • Some cultural ceremonies incorporate the Pasque Flower, viewing it as a symbol of new beginnings and the Easter season, reflecting its early spring flowering period.
    • Beekeepers appreciate Pulsatilla rubra as a good source of early spring pollen for bees, contributing to the health of the hive.
    • In art installations and land art, the distinct form of the Pasque Flower can be used to create natural patterns and textures in the landscape.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Pasque Flower is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Pasque Flower is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Rarity: The Red Pasque Flower, also known as Pulsatilla rubra, is a relatively rare plant, symbolizing uniqueness and the value of scarce things.
    • Resilience: It thrives in alpine regions, indicating its ability to withstand harsh conditions and symbolizing strength and endurance.
    • Solitude: As the Red Pasque Flower often stands alone in its natural habitat, it represents the beauty and peace that can be found in solitude.
    • Beauty: Its striking red petals and graceful appearance embody beauty and magnificence in the realm of flora.
    • Renewal: Blooming in early spring, it signifies renewal, rebirth, and the awakening of life after winter dormancy.

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

    Red Pasque Flower requires moderate watering, being careful not to overwater as it prefers well-drained soil. Generally, it should be watered once a week with about 1 inch of water, but this can vary depending on the weather conditions—less during wet periods and more during a drought. Deep, infrequent watering is recommended to encourage deep root development. Ensure that the top inch of soil is dry before adding more water, usually amounting to about 0.5 gallons for an average-sized plant.

  • sunLight

    The Red Pasque Flower thrives best in full sun to partial shade environments. The ideal spot for this plant is a location where it can receive at least six hours of sunlight each day; morning light with some afternoon shade is also suitable. Avoid heavily shaded areas as this can lead to poor flowering and weak growth.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The ideal temperature range for the Red Pasque Flower is between 50°F and 75°F. It can tolerate some temperature fluctuations and can survive minimal temperatures as low as -30°F, making it quite cold-hardy. During the growing season, maintaining temperatures within the ideal range will promote healthy growth and flowering.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning the Red Pasque Flower is essential for removing spent flowers and maintaining plant health. Deadheading after blooming encourages a second flush of flowers and prevents the plant from putting energy into seed production. The best time for pruning is immediately after flowering has ceased, usually once annually.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Red Pasque Flower thrives best in a well-draining soil mix with plenty of grit or coarse sand to enhance drainage, a soil pH that is slightly alkaline, around 7.0 to 8.0. A mixture of loam, sand, and peat moss or compost, with the addition of perlite or pumice for aeration, can create an ideal environment for this plant's root system.

  • plantRepotting

    Red Pasque Flower typically does not require frequent repotting and can be repotted every 2-3 years or when it outgrows its container. It is essential to use a similar well-draining soil mix when repotting to maintain plant health.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Red Pasque Flower prefers moderate humidity levels but is fairly adaptable and can tolerate a range of humidity conditions as long as the soil drainage is good and it is not exposed to excessive dampness.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright indirect light, with gritty, well-draining soil.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun with gritty soil and good drainage.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Pulsatilla rubra, commonly known as the Red Pasque Flower, begins its life cycle as a seed, which germinates in the spring when exposed to moisture and the warming temperatures. The germination yields small seedlings which develop into rosettes of finely-dissected, hairy leaves. Throughout its development, the plant focuses on vegetative growth until it reaches maturity, which can take several years. Once mature, the Red Pasque Flower produces its characteristic bell-shaped, red to purple flowers, generally around early spring to early summer, followed by a plume-like seed head after pollination. These seed heads disperse seeds through wind, allowing the plant to reproduce and spread. The Red Pasque Flower is a perennial, and after flowering and seed set, the plant goes into dormancy, with the root system surviving underground to produce new growth the following spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • Propogation: Pulsatilla rubra, commonly known as the Red Pasque Flower, is typically propagated through seeds. The most popular method of propagation for Red Pasque Flower involves collecting seeds following the plant's flowering and seed-set period, which occurs in late spring to early summer. The ripe seeds should be sown immediately as their viability decreases rapidly. They are scattered on the surface of a well-drained, sandy soil mix and then lightly covered with soil or simply pressed into the substrate. The seeds require exposure to cold, hence a period of cold stratification for about three to six weeks at temperatures around 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius) can improve germination rates. After stratification, the seeds are kept at room temperature, around 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 21 degrees Celsius), where they will begin to germinate, typically within one to six months. Care should be taken to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged during germination.