Anemone patens (Prairie Crocus) - photos and description












General: Low-growing perennial, with one to many stems from a stout caudex. Stems and leaves villous. One of the earliest wildflowers to bloom in spring where we live. The provincial flower of Manitoba.

Flowers: Flowers solitary and showy, mauve to white in colour, we've measured flowers to 6 cm diameter. Flowers have a slight fragrance.

Leaves: Leaves compound, leaflets oval, deeply incised, terminal leaflets measured to 6 cm long and 6 cm wide. Petioles hairy, leaflets with a few hairs on top, hairy on bottom of leaflets.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 20 cm, we've measured scapes to 15 cm tall.

Habitat: Open prairie.

Abundance: Very common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: We took the above photos April 22nd and 23rd, slopes of the Qu'Appelle Valley 30 km north of Regina, SK, and May 8th edge of Qu'Appelle Valley 100 km northwest of our home in Regina, SK.