Pasque Flower

Pasque Flower
Pasque Flower, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (click on photo to enlarge)

Recently, we visited at a local botanical garden where we saw these lovely, colorful Pasque flowers in it’s Medicinal Garden section.  The blooms and seed heads were mingled with each other creating a nice contrast to me.  As I was taking photos, we saw the following sign next to the flowers:

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Interesting.  I had not heard of Pasque Flower before, so later, I looked it up on Wikipedia.  Pasque refers to Easter, and the flower blooms in early spring.  It also states Pulsatilla have been used to treat reproductive problems, and that the plant “is highly toxic, and produces cardiogenic toxins and oxytoxins which slow the heart in humans…”  Also, Drugs.com refers to Pasque flower as “extremely toxic and should not be ingested or applied to the skin.”  Such a pretty flower, and it sounds like one needs to be very careful around this plant.

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13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. granbee
    May 17, 2012 @ 14:29:19

    So very glad you shared this important information about the potentially dangerous but beautiful Pasque Flower! Most interesting.

    Reply

  2. mcolmo
    May 17, 2012 @ 14:41:40

    How pretty, I love it’s blue and purple hues.

    Reply

  3. yoshizen
    May 17, 2012 @ 15:02:30

    Poppy is also pretty though, has strong alkaloid. —- called Heroin 🙂

    Reply

  4. grand-player
    May 17, 2012 @ 15:08:25

    this is beautiful

    Reply

  5. buckwheatsrisk
    May 17, 2012 @ 15:27:06

    a wolf in sheep’s clothing lol

    Reply

  6. ferguds
    May 17, 2012 @ 19:54:31

    Wow!! That is one of your best. What a nice day that was.

    Reply

  7. zendictive
    May 17, 2012 @ 20:30:44

    I love the beauty you post, nature at its best (~_~)

    Reply

  8. TBM
    May 18, 2012 @ 02:24:52

    Sounds like you don’t want to mess with this beauty.

    Reply

  9. Meanderer
    May 18, 2012 @ 02:29:43

    It’s nice that you’ve captured them in their different stages: bud; flower; seedhead.

    Reply

  10. aleafinspringtime
    May 18, 2012 @ 02:30:09

    So soothing to the soul just to gaze at this picture. Thank you. Sharon

    Reply

  11. buddhafulkat
    May 18, 2012 @ 08:37:53

    Gorgeous and full of life. I feel like I can touch them. Sounds like a tricky flower. I’ve never seen one before.

    Reply

  12. Terri at Time To Be Inspired
    Jun 16, 2012 @ 12:33:33

    The red pasque flower is the official flower of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It is very similar to the purple one you have shown. The purple one grows wild and does well in my garden.

    Reply

  13. Laura
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 18:22:07

    I love your bird photos, but these flowers are beautiful.

    Reply

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