The flower blooms early in spring, which leads to the common name Pasque flower, since Pasque refers to Easter (Passover).
Pulsatilla patens is the provincial flower of Manitoba, Canada
Pulsatilla is highly toxic, and produces cardiogenic toxins and oxytoxins which slow the heart in humans. It has been used as a medicine by Native Americans for centuries. Extracts of Pulsatilla have been used to treat reproductive problems such as premenstrual syndrome and epididymitis. Additional applications of plant extracts include uses as a sedative and for treating coughs.