Easter in the Alpine
This beauty of the tundra called Pasque Flower (as in passover or Easter) can be found growing on southward facing slopes throughout the northwestern United States, Western Canada and up to northern Alaska.
Growing low to the ground and covered in fine silky hairs to keep out of the cold climate, this garden favorite is also common to the meadows and prairies of Europe and Asia. Varieties of the Pasque Flower represent the provincial flowers of Manitoba, Canada, state flower of South Dakota, county flower of Oppland, Norway and the County flowers for both Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire in England.
Not as recognizable as most members of the Ranunculaceae or Buttercup family but that is where the Pasque Flower belongs. Did you know that Ranunculaceae is Latin for little frog? The name was given to the family because a group of plants in this family grow where frogs live.