Page author: David Giblin
Anemone patens
pasqueflower, prairie-crocus
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: East of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska south to the Wenatchee Mountains of Washington, east to the Rocky Mountains and northern Great Plains.

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

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


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)
var. multifida – pasqueflower, prairie-crocus
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Anemone patens checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Anemone patens atlas page.

CalPhotos: Anemone patens photos.

USDA Plants: Anemone patens information.

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