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. 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.
Pasque refers to Easter (Passover) as the
flower blooms around that time of year.