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pasqueflower

(păsk`flou'ər), name for two similar perennials of the family Ranunculaceae (buttercupbuttercup
or crowfoot,
common name for the Ranunculaceae, a family of chiefly annual or perennial herbs of cool regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Thought to be one of the most primitive families of dicotyledenous plants, the Ranunculaceae typically have a simple
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 family). The Old World pasqueflower (Anemone pulsatilla) was so named because it blossoms around the Eastertime. The American pasqueflower (A. patens), named for its resemblance to the European species, is a bluish, open bell-shaped wildflower of the prairie regions of North America. As a herald of spring and a symbol of old age (from the silvery heads of feathery seeds), the plant has been made the subject of Plains Indian song and legend. It is the floral emblem of South Dakota. Patches of the flowers on their short, furry stems give an appearance of haze; for this reason the plant in the Great Plains region is called prairie smoke. Other names for the American variety are gosling flower, sandflower, windflower, wild crocus, and anemone. It contains a poison and is an irritant when fresh; the crushed leaves were applied by Native Americans as a counterirritant in cases of rheumatism and neuralgia. The pasqueflowers were formerly considered a separate genus (Pulsatilla) from the related true anemones. Pasqueflowers are classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Ranunculales, family Ranunculaceae.

Pasqueflower

 

(Pulsatilla patens), also spreading pasque flower, a perennial herbaceous plant of the family Ranuncu-laceae.

pasqueflower

1. a purple-flowered herbaceous ranunculaceous plant, Anemone pulsatilla (or Pulsatilla vulgaris), of N and Central Europe and W Asia
2. any of several related North American plants, such as A. patens
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Everything from deep purple pasque flowers to bright yellow marigolds have been snapped by reader Lou Annwood.
Gossip with the locals over bona fide breakfast burritos at the country store in the morning, then head straight for Santa Fe National Forest, where the trout are jumping, the horses are saddled up and ready for riding, and the trails are bursting with wild irises and pasque flowers.
Do avoid hellebores and pasque flowers, though, as they need super-fresh seed to come through well.
Pasque flowers do reasonably well here and Mediterranean plants such as the heavenly Iris lutescens with taffeta-like flowers of purest violets look great.