Taken west of Victor, Montana USA in the Bitterroot Mountains.

Pasqueflower (Anemone patens, or Anemone nuttalliana and Pulsatilla patens) is a perennial spring-flowering European plant related to the anemones, with purple flowers and fern-like foliage.

The 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.

This is one in a series intended for greeting cards but can stand alone as wall art, too.

Canon EOS 7D, 1/2000s, f/2.8, ISO:200, 52.0mm


purple, pasqueflower, spring, wildflower, anemone, pasqueflower card series 1


  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful! I’m loving these wildflowers from your part of the world. So nice to see!

  • Thank you Mike. ’Tis the season… more to come.

    – amontanaview

  • Bryan D. Spellman
    Bryan D. Spellmanabout 3 years ago

    Are these this year’s finds? If so, it must be a lot warmer in Victor than in Stevi. I haven’t seen anything like this yet. Beautiful capture.

  • Thanks Bryan. I know where to look, where they are prolific here. But I was surprised with the cool weather that we have so many wildflowers. I have photographed buttercups (no surprise), Shooting Stars, Glacier Lilies, Pasqueflowers…there are Arnica leaves, and Arrowleaf Balsamroot flower buds…oh and of course Lupine leaves are up.

    – amontanaview

  • Bryan D. Spellman
    Bryan D. Spellmanabout 3 years ago

    I was planning on spending the weekend up at the cabin (west of Stevi) until the Gov shot us down last night. Now I just want to stay in bed and hide. But the thought of finding some beautiful wildflowers just might help my funk.

  • I know, it is a sad “state” of affairs….yes, wildflowers are a perfect pick-me-up. I hope you find many. I am seeing them on east facing slopes so you should see some. Show me some photos!

    – amontanaview

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