Pasque Flower

Teresa Zieba

Winnipeg, Canada

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Featured in The Fabulous Prairies – April 27th, 2009
Featured in Endangered Plants – April 24th, 2009

A pasque flower (or pasqueflower) is a deciduous perennial that is found in short clumps in meadows and prairies of North America and Eurasia. The genus Pulsatilla includes about 30 species, many of which are valued for their finely-dissected leaves, solitary bell-shaped flowers, and plumed seed heads. The anthers are bright yellow and the purple bell consists of sepals.
The range of color in the petals is from dark lavender to almost white in Western Pasqueflower ( mountain Pasqueflower).

In its tallgrass prairie habitat, it is one of the first plants to bloom in the spring, often before the late winter snows have thawed.

This genus is sometimes included as part of genus Anemone as subgenus Pulsatilla, and is also commonly known as the prairie crocus, wind flower, Easter Flower and meadow anemone. The pasque flower is the official state flower of South Dakota and the provincial flower of Manitoba.

I find them in well-drained areas here in Manitoba usually in April to May depending on weather. At the north end of Arden, Manitoba thousands of natural crocuses bloom each April on a vibrant native Prairie grassland site. I found a small patch there with this fabulous colour.

This beautiful flower is on the endangered plants list due to the destruction of suitable habitat.

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