Pulsatilla (Pasque Flower)
The pasque flower is a low-growing, perennial that stands about 8-12" tall and forms a clump that spreads over time. Its blooms precede most of its foliage in spring. The most common pasque has bluish-purple or dark violet flowers, but there are cultivars that offer other colour choices, including white and reddish-purple. These perennials are rabbit-proof and are very bee-friendly. They are fairly drought-tolerant and are well-suited to dry climates with cold winters, though they do need regular watering in summer. Like tulips, they emerge early in spring, even before all the snow is gone in some areas.