DESCRIPTION: A red form that produces a beautiful cluster of furry buds followed by large wine-red flowers in the spring over the silvery fern-like foliage; an ideal rockery plant that improves...
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DESCRIPTION: A red form that produces a beautiful cluster of furry buds followed by large wine-red flowers in the spring over the silvery fern-like foliage; an ideal rockery plant that improves with time if left alone

BOTANICAL NAME: Pulsatilla 'Rubra'
OTHER NAMES: Red Pasqueflower
AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 30 cm
AVERAGE MATURE SPREAD: 50 cm
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun to partial shade
FLOWER COLOUR: Burgundy red with bright yellow stamens surrounding a red eye
FLOWERING TIME: Spring
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Silvery-green
COLD HARDINESS: Zone 3 ( Should survive up to -39.9° Celsius )
WATER NEEDS: Drought tolerant
OTHER FEATURES: Bee Friendly, Cut Flowers, Deer Resistant

Ornamental Features

Red Prairie Crocus has crimson cup-shaped flowers with yellow eyes at the ends of the stems from early to mid spring, which emerge from distinctive dark red flower buds, and which are interesting on close inspection. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its deeply cut ferny compound leaves remain silver in colour throughout the season. The silver fruits are carried on plumes from early summer to early fall.

Landscape Attributes

Red Prairie Crocus is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Red Prairie Crocus is recommended for the following landscape applications:

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Red Prairie Crocus will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity extending to 12 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider covering it with a thick layer of mulch in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. 

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