Purple and Gold

I love to witness the appearance of this beautiful flower in the Spring. Pulsatilla or pasque flower. According to Wikipedia: ‘Derived from the Hebrew word for Passover, “pasakh”, the common name pasque flower, refers to the Easter (Passover) flowering period, in the spring.’ New Zealand springtime is nowhere near Easter so not very relatable for me!

I took these photos in Dunedin Botanic Gardens rock garden, on 09 October 2020. New Zealand.

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Further Reading

Another post I did with Pulsatilla from the same garden in Spring 2017

My blog-friend Ann Mackay (Suffolk, UK) is an amazing flower photographer and she has Pulsatilla in her garden (they’re native in the UK and grow in her area – although rare as a wild plant). Here’s links to two posts featuring different colours: Purple Pulsatilla | White Pulsatilla

Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2020)
keyword: pasqueflower

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  1. These are very pretty. Crocuses are one of the first flowers to sprout and bloom here on the prairies. Sometimes they even peek through the last bit of snow on the ground.

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  2. I just took a look at the distribution of these in the U.S., and it didn’t take much skill to interpret the map; they clearly are flowers of the mountains and northern prairies. They are beautiful, and one of my favorite color combinations of autumn.

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  3. Beautiful! I looked at the USDA map for this flower family, and a variety grows in Wisconsin, so I hope I’m lucky enough to see it this coming spring. Apparently in South Dakota they call it the May Day Flower.

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  4. Lovely photographs Liz! And it has really cheered me up to see them because it has been wet and grey here for days. (I wish it would stop for a bit to let me get some work done in the garden!) Thanks for the links! 🙂

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