Prairie Crocus (Pulsatilla nuttalliana) single bloom
Prairie Crocus
Pulsatilla nuttalliana
Buttercup family - Ranunculaceae

Growth habit: Short perennial

Height: up to 30 cm

Spread: 20 - 30 cm

Bloom Time: April - May

Bloom Colour: White or pale purple

Light: Full sun, will tolerate some light shade

Moisture: Dry to average

Soil: Well-drained, sandy

Seeding: Requires cold stratification. Stratify then plant in well-drained sandy soil. Don't overwater seedlings.

Landscape uses: This is one of the first flowers to bloom in spring. Good for rock gardens or drier locations.

Interesting features: The blooms close in the cold and the entire plant is protected by a fine 'fur'. Plants elongate as they mature? As flower petals drop, the maturing seed head becomes a mass of silvery fluff.

Natural habitat: Info coming soon

Ecology: Native bees are known to rest inside the flowers.