Taken west of Victor, Montana.
Canon EOS 40D 1/500s, f/6.3, ISO 400
Pasqueflower (Anemone patens, or Anemone nuttalliana and Pulsatilla patens) is commonly called many names including Prairie-crocus, wild crocus, lion’s beard, wind flower, meadow anemone and Easter Flower.The latter because they generally flower near Easter usually in mid or late April. It is a perennial spring-flowering European plant related to the anemones, with purple flowers and fern-like foliage.
The Pasqueflower shoots rise up from persistent woody bases. The leaves are basal, compound, and hairy and leaf stalks are 2-3 inches. A single flower is on each hairy flower stalk with 3 bracts, similar to the leaves. Flowers have 5-8 sepals, blue to purple, rarely white, 1-1 1/2 inches x 1/2 inch and are hairy on the upper surface. There are many stamens, from 150-200. The fruit is achene (like a sunflower), egg-shaped, 3-4 × 1 mm, hairy, with the beak extended into a hairy plume.
This is one in a series intended for greeting cards but can stand alone as wall art, too.