Pasqueflower - Anemone patens
Anemone nuttalliana, Pulsatilla patens
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Prairie crocus is a perennial herb with shoots arising from persistent woody bases. Leaves basal, compound, hairy; leaf stalk to 5-8 cm; leaflets basically three, further dissected. Inflorescence 1-flowered, flower stalks hairy; 3 bracts, similar to the leaves. Flowers with 5-8 sepals, blue to purple, rarely white 20-40 x 10-15 mm, hairy on the upper surface; stamens 150-200. Fruit an achene, egg-shaped, 3-4 x 1 mm, hairy, with the beak extended into a hairy plume.
Circumboreal south to NM, TX, and MO (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).
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Grassland, steppe, open forest; plains, valleys to montane, occasionally to above treeline (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
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- Grove, A.J. 1998. Effects of Douglas fir establishment in southwestern Montana mountain big sagebrush communities. M. Sc.Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 150 p.
- Johnson, T. W. 1982. An analysis of pack and saddle stock grazing areas in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. M.Sc.Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 105 p.
- Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.