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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, disjunct in the Wenatchee Mountains in Washington.

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.

USDA Plants: Anemone patens information.

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