- Ideal soil and exposure for the pulsatile anemone
- Date of seeding, cutting and planting of the pulsatile anemone
- Advice for the care and cultivation of the pulsatile anemone
- Diseases, pests and parasites of the pulsatile anemone
- Location and favorable association of the pulsatile anemone
- Recommended varieties of pulsatil for planting in the garden
The pulsatile anemone (Pulsatilla vulgaris) is a very hardy perennial that grows in the lawns and dry meadows of alpine regions but is now rare. Once in place, the pulsatil, also called "cockroach", does not like to be disturbed.
Flowers 4 to 10 cm in diameter form large purple corolla with 6 hairy sepals at the top of the thick stem, covered with long silky hairs.
Particular leaves, narrow and elongated, surround the flowers but the true pale green leaves, in segments, finely cut (10 to 20 cm long) leave from the base of the plant which forms a tuft to the coarse fibrous strain.
After flowering, the downy heads like big hirsute balls move with the wind: they contain dried fruits grouped at the top of the stem, each provided with a long feathery ridge.
Fresh, the pulsatilla is irritating and caustic; ingestion may cause breathing and heart problems. The therapeutic use of pulsatil is for homeopathic medicine where it treats certain infections, fevers, excessive timidity, susceptibility and emotivity.
- Family: Renonculaceae
- Type: perennial
- Origin: Europe
- Color: purple flowers
- Sowing: yes
- Cutting: yes
- Planting: spring
- Flowering: March to June
- Height: 10 to 30 cm
Ideal soil and exposure for the pulsatile anemone
Anemone Pulsatilla is grown in the sun, in a very bright and well ventilated place, in a rich and well-drained soil, preferably non-calcareous.
Date of seeding, cutting and planting of the pulsatile anemone
Potted seedlings under cold frames are made as soon as the seeds reach maturity in July. It is also possible to make root cuttings in winter.
The planting will be done in spring at the rate of 6 to 9 feet maximum / m².
Advice for the care and cultivation of the pulsatile anemone
In winter, the stump must be protected from excess humidity, hence the importance of draining soil or installing it on a hill. If possible, avoid that pulsatilles receive full force violent rains.
Diseases, pests and parasites of the pulsatile anemone
It is especially the slugs and snails that devour the young shoots that are to be watched.
Location and favorable association of the pulsatile anemone
It is a plant that is grown in rock, on a wall or a lawn. If you want to put some on your balcony, choose a deep pot so that the long root can grow there.
Recommended varieties of pulsatil for planting in the garden
There are a few varieties of Pulsatilla vulgaris as Pulsatilla vulgaris 'Alba' with white flowers, Pulsatilla vulgaris 'Rubra' with red flowers, Pulsatilla vulgaris ssp. grow up with golden brown to silver hairs and lavender blue flowers...
Other species exist such as the Alpine anemone (Pulsatilla alpina) with very decorative fruits, the pulsatil of spring (Pulsatilla vernalis) silky white bell flowers on the outside, Pulsatilla patens not exceeding 15 cm, Pulsatilla halleri, with very long silvery hairs...
The pulsatile anemone (Pulsatilla vulgaris) should not be confused with Japanese anemone (Anemone x hybrida) especially.