PULSATILLA vulgaris Papagena (Papagena Pasque Flower) Flowering with the tulips and such, Pasque flower makes a pleasing carpet for any spring flower bulb. The foliage hides the dying foliage, and produces pleasing fluffy, plume-like seed heads. But the flowers are the show! ‘Papagena’ features fringed double flowers in a variety of mixed colors including shades of creamy white, pink, red, blue, and purple. Flowers may be single, especially in the first year. Excellent tucked in the rock garden, too. The cultivar name of ‘Papagena’ presumably was borrowed from the brightly colored bird-catcher character of the same name in Mozart’s The Magic Flute opera.
A Northern Sunset perennial, it prefers average, well-drained soil in full sun.
(Image courtesy of Jelitto Staudensamen)