Tundra Pasque flower, digital oil painting on glass Copyright 2016 ChrisArmytage, Photographic Artist, Australia.
Also known as the Prairie smoke; Goslinweed; Prairie crocus; and May flower (Pulsatilla), the Pasque flower is the State Flower of South Dakota. The pasque plant bears a hairy peduncle above the whorled leaves with a single large flower at its apex. This peduncle continues to elongated after the flower sheds its petals. Each flower is approximately 3 inches in open condition, consisting of 5-8 petal-like sepals, an elongated cluster of white to purple styles, and a ring of numerous yellow stamens. The petal color ranges from dark lavender to almost white. There are no petals. The sepals of pasque flower are pale purple to deep purple. The blooming period of pasque flower is during early to mid-spring and lasts for 2 weeks.
From an original photograph free for commercial use from Pixabay
May 14th, 2016
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