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(Pulsatilla vulgaris)

Pasqueflower © Frances Watkins

Pasqueflower © Frances Watkins

"...a fair claim to being the most dramatically and exotically beautiful of all English plants."

- Geoffrey Grigson, "The Englishman's Flora"


One of our most magnificent wild flowers. The pasqueflower blooms around Easter: hence the name "Pasque" (meaning "like Paschal", of Easter). 

How to spot it

A large purple bloom with a central boss of golden stamens and feathery leaves.

Where it grows

Dry calcareous grasslands, limestone banks and hillsides.

Best time to see

April when it flowers.

Cultural info

  • County Flower of Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

How's it doing?

A rare wildflower which has been lost from many of the places it used to grow. Lack of grazing and scrub encroachment pose a serious threat to many of the remaining populations and it is considered "Vulnerable" in Britain. Click here to download a dossier on this species.

3 things you may not know

  • According to legend, springs from the blood of Viking Warriors and grows upon their graves. Pasqueflowers do tend to grow on barrows, but mainly because they are often found on undisturbed chalk grassland.
  • Hertfordshire boasts one of the largest colonies, with up to 10,000 plants.
  • You can grow this beauty in your garden. Find out more.

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