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GARDENING – PASQUE FLOWERS

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by H. W. Kriaski
Very few gardeners seem to be aware of the Pasque flower and it’s ability to survive the harsh winters of Alberta.  I have one in my rock garden for 8 years now and as always it’s the first plant to show up in the spring.  So early that most other perennials are still waking up when this tough survivor is in full bloom. It is not bothered by rodents, rabbits, insects of any kind, mice or deer.  It has flowers of different colors, red, blue, white and purple with bright yellow center.  It is hardy in zones 2-8 and is truly an alpine plant ideal for rock gardens and mixed borders for early spring blooming.
Pasque flowers grow well in full sun or partial shade.  The soil should be very well drainewd and fertile.  Pasque florwers resents being disturbed in any way so plant it while it is very small and don’t divide it for best results.  It has a height of 12 inches to a spread of 12!  When planting, space 12 inches apart.  Once the flowers are spent, they change into fuzzy seed pods that are attractive.  It can be grown in a variety of pots or planters and moved to a sheltered location that is quite enclosed and unheated porch for winter protection.  Make certain the pots or planters are moved into light when the plants begin to show signs of growth.
This plant take little care with the exception of some weeding around it.  You can find these plant in most graden centres in the city.
Happy Gardening to everyone and enjoy the spring!








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