Widely cultivated in gardens. It was considered part of the genus Anemone, to which it is closely related. Several sources still list Anemone pulsatilla as the accepted name, with Pulsatilla vulgaris as a synonym. Other variations of its common name include European pasqueflower and common pasqueflower. It grows in sparsely wooded pine forests or meadows, often on a sunny sloping side with calcium-rich soil.
The flower is ‘cloaked in myth’; one legend has it that Pasque flowers sprang up in places that had been soaked by the blood of Romans or Danes because they often appear on old barrows and boundary banks