Pasqueflower blooms in spring by Christine Ford
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When spring comes to the Pikes Peak High Country, it doesn’t arrive full of showy blooms like daffodil or tulip. Here, Spring creeps up quietly with the petite, delicate, almost invisible pasqueflower.

The genus Pulsatilla contains about 33 species of herbaceous perennials native to meadows and prairies of North America, Europe, and Asia. Common names include pasque flower (or pasqueflower), wind flower, prairie crocus, Easter Flower, and meadow anemone. Several species are valued ornamentals because of their finely-dissected leaves, solitary bell-shaped flowers, and plumed seed heads. The showy part of the flower consists of sepals, not petals.

The genus Pulsatilla is sometimes considered a subgenus under the genus Anemone.

The flower blooms early in spring, which leads to the common name Pasque flower, since Pasque refers to Easter (Passover).

Use and toxicity

Pulsatilla is highly toxic, and produces cardiogenic toxins and oxytoxins which slow the heart in humans. Excess use can lead to diarrhoea, vomiting and convulsions, hypotension and coma. It has been used as a medicine by Native Americans for centuries. Blackfoot Indians used it to induce abortions and childbirth. Pulsatilla should not be taken during pregnancy nor during lactation.

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.It is also used as an initial ingredient in homeopathic remedies.

source: Wikipedia

Taken in Lake George, Colorado, near Crystal Peak.

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  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 2 years ago

    Great read and a lovely shot

  • Christine Ford
    Christine Fordover 2 years ago

    Thanks! I’m always interested in medicinal usages of plants. Fascinating, how the Natives had such intimate knowledge of the tools in their environment without science to show the way. Christine

  • CanyonWind
    CanyonWindover 2 years ago

  • Thanks, pops! Love the banner! christine

    – Christine Ford

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 2 years ago

    Thank you for adding your work to The Best of RedBubble!

  • kathrynsgallery
    kathrynsgalleryover 2 years ago

    Stunning colour! Adding this little beauty to my Favourites.

  • Thank you so much!

    – Christine Ford

  • Tracie Louise
    Tracie Louiseover 2 years ago

    So beautiful.

  • jonxiv
    jonxivover 2 years ago

    Lovely capture.

  • aprilann
    aprilannover 2 years ago

    Congratulations! Your gorgeous image has been selected to be featured in the group “Enchanted Flowers” to celebrate blues.

  • Thank you so much for the honor!

    – Christine Ford

  • Colours
    Coloursover 2 years ago

    this is sooo beautiful….love the colours

  • I thank you! It’s a delicate flower with a most unique colour.

    – Christine Ford

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 1 year ago

    Congratulations!! Your BEAUTIFUL image is being FEATURED
    in the group, “Wildflowers of North America!!”

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