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Pasqueflower-Anemone pulsatilla-Easter flower photo

Pasqueflower, commonly known as the prairie crocus, Easter Flower, and meadow anemone is native to meadows and prairies of North America and Asia, also limestone pastures in central and northern Europe.
The name pasqueflower ( Anemone pulsatilla ) comes from its blooming time, around Easter(Passover). This pretty flower is a member of the buttercup family - Ranunculaceae.

The color range of the bell shaped flowers is from dark lavender to almost white with bright yellow stamens in the center of the flower.
The short flower stems are covered with silky hairs and the plant gives an appearance of haze from the distance, the reason pulsatilla is also called prairie smoke.
Pasqueflower-Anemone pulsatilla-closeup macro photo
There are small differences between pasqueflower (pulsatilla) subspecies on diferent continents like
- Pulsatilla vulgaris-European pasqueflower;
- Pulsatilla patens - American pasqueflower-
- Pulsatilla occidentalis - white pasqueflower
but in essence they all are of legendary beauty, a herald of spring and a symbol of old age (because of the silvery flower head).
Different varieties of the Pasque flower are the floral emblems of various territories and states.
Purple pasqueflower-Anemone pulsatilla-Easter flower
Mother nature gifted this pretty flower not just with an amazing color combination but with a powerful auto-protection: it is highly toxic, slowing the heart in humans inducing even coma.
Like all poisons, it has been used as a medicine for centuries in different parts of the world. Plant extracts are used as a sedatives and for treating coughs and also used as an initial ingredient in homeopathic remedies, in a diluted form.


Unknown said...

Beautiful anemone.

Jayne said...

What a beautiful flower and a lovely photo, Maia. I didn't know they were toxic!

Lui said...

These are toxic?!!
I can imagine myself getting intoxicated while feasting on its gorgeous hazy petals!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous color and fabulous details of the petals and stems with their little hairs.

Lui said...

Dear Maia,

This week until Thursday are for endings. Sometimes it gets difficult to finish a task during the new moon to the first quarter. The best spring cleaning sked (faster and efficiently) would be a month from now. Oh, let the last snowdrops fall because the heat would be terrible soon! ;-(

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

Thank you for linking me. I went to the link but was too early. You are right, I was in bed. I went to bed at 2 am, affected by the earthquake and a flu virus.

your flower is beautiful. So spring is coming soon?

Jama said...

The color is so stunningly beautiful! I wish we have such gorgeous flowers here.

Lavender and Vanilla Friends of the Gardens said...

Exquisite spring flower, a whole carpet of them!

SquirrelQueen said...

Fabulous macro Maia, the detail in that first shot is amazing. I love anemone in all of it's many varities.

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NatureFootstep said...

great shots Maia. We have it I think but I don´t remember the name. I love that color.

None of my galleries on blogspot are cut down. They are all open. But this is a new one, I started it after coming home from Costa Rica. And slmost everything has keywords and links so I am confused. You can try this link:

however, I am not sure if it works for you as I am always logged in and then the link may not be the same.

NatureFootstep said...

lol, look for the first and the last one. Those who are named "Photography". The others are more or less "one topic only" blogs. Like birds, butterfly or travel. Good luck, and I would like to know if you choose some of them. :)

Evelyn S. said...

Beautiful! This resembles a hellebore, doesn't it? Your photos are wonderful.

Míriam Luiza said...

Que cor linda! Amei!

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