Herb: Korean Pasque Flower

Latin name: Pulsatilla koreana

Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)

Medicinal use of Korean Pasque Flower:

The root contains several medicaly active constituents including saponins and anemonin. Anemonin has been shown to have both cardiotoxic and cardiotonic properties. The root is antiinflammatory and antiparasitic. It is used in Korea in the treatment of leucorrhoea, dysentery, scrofula and also as a contraceptive.

Description of the plant:


30 cm
(11 3/4 inch)


Habitat of the herb:

Open wastelands and grassy places.

Propagation of Korean Pasque Flower:

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in early summer in a cold frame. The seed usually germinates in about 2 - 3 weeks. Sow stored seed in late winter in a cold frame. Germination takes about 1 - 6 months at 15C. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in the spring. Root cuttings, 4cm long taken in early winter, potted up in a mixture of peat and sand. They can also be taken in July/August, planted vertically in pots in a greenhouse or frame.

Cultivation of the herb:

Open wastelands and grassy places.

Known hazards of Pulsatilla koreana:

Although no mention has been seen for this species, at least one member of the genus is slightly toxic, the toxins being dissipated by heat or by drying the plant.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.