Pulsatilla patens (Anemone patens) “Prairie Crocus” Ranunculaceae
Blackfoot River Recreation Corridor (BLM), MT
April 23, 2015
These beautiful spring flowers are most abundant in the early spring and often bloom around Passover earning them the common name “Pasque Flower” (pasque is an old Latin word for Easter). The prairie crocus is in decline throughout its range, but is protected as a threatened species in Washington where it is restricted to only a few locations in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.