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Anemone patens
pasqueflower, prairie-crocus

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in the Wenatchee Mountains in Washington, where disjunct from the main species range; Alaska, south in the Rocky Mountains to New Mexico, east to the northern Great Plains and the Great Lakes region.

Habitat: Prairies to mountain slopes, mostly on well-drained soil.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Threatened in Washington (WANHP)


Grayish, hairy perennial from a branched, woody base, the 1-many stems 5-25 cm. tall.


Basal leaves numerous, long-petiolate, the blades 4-10 cm. broad, primarily ternate but divided into numerous linear divisions 1-2 mm. broad; the flowering stem naked except for a whorl of 3 leaves near the midpoint, divided much like the basal leaves, but smaller and sessile.


Flowers single; sepals 5-7, blue to purple, oblong-elliptic to oblong-lanceolate, 2.5-3.5 cm long; petals none; stamens and pistils numerous.


Achenes numerous, silky, linear-ellipsoid, 3 mm. long; style slender, flexuous, short-plumose, 2-3.5 mm. long.

Accepted Name:
Anemone patens L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 538. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Anemone patens in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Anemone patens checklist entry

OregonFlora: Anemone patens information

E-Flora BC: Anemone patens atlas page

CalPhotos: Anemone patens photos

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