Pulsatilla halleri subsp. taurica
Common Name: pasque flower 
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Ranunculaceae
Native Range: Ukraine
Zone: 5 to 7
Height: 0.75 to 1.00 feet
Spread: 0.75 to 1.00 feet
Bloom Time: April to May
Bloom Description: Reddish-violet
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Showy
Fruit: Showy
Tolerate: Rabbit


Winter hardy to USDA Zones 5-7 where it is best grown in fertile, humusy, gritty, medium to moist, well-drained soils in full sun to light shade. Good soil drainage is essential. Best performance occurs in climates with moderate summer temperatures and low humidity. Plants require consistent moisture in climates with hot summer temperatures and may be short-lived in areas south of USDA Zone 7. Plants are best left undisturbed once established.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Pulsatilla halleri, commonly known as alpine pasque flower, is an herbaceous perennial that typically matures to 8-12” tall. It is native to mountain meadows, slopes and grassy hills from the Alps in central Europe to Crimea and the Caucasus. Rich, solitary, scapose, shallow bell-shaped, upright, almost crocus-like, violet-blue flowers (to 2 1/2” across) bloom in spring atop stems rising to 6-8” tall. Flowers bloom as the pinnate basal leaves (2-6” long) begin to unfurl. Each leaf contains 3-5 pinnatifid leaflets with oblong lance-shaped lobes plus a long-stalked terminal leaflet. Leaves and stems are covered with long silky hairs. Flowers are followed by fluffy ornamental seedheads.

Pasque comes from Old French for Easter in reference to the spring bloom time.

Anemone halleri is a synonym and former name for this plant.

Subsp. taurica is native to the Crimea. Fuzzy reddish-violet flowers with yellow centers bloom singly in spring on slopes, cliffs and grassy areas of the Crimea. Subspecies name comes from the Latin tauricus meaning of the Crimea.

Genus name comes from Latin meaning sway as the flowers sway in the wind.

Specific epithet honors German botanist Hans Hallier (1868-1932).


No serious insect or disease problems.


Rock gardens. Border fronts. Alpine slopes/meadows. Prairie areas.