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Pasqueflower - Anemone patens
Other Names:  Prairie-crocus, Anemone nuttalliana, Pulsatilla patens

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4S5

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 4

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General Description
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.

Species Range

Range Comments
Circumboreal south to NM, TX, and MO (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 238

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Relative Density



(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

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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