Friday, March 21, 2008

A Passion for the Pasque Flower

I only learned about anemones once we moved from the city and I started to garden. I think I love them as much for their beauty as for the melodious pronunciation of their name “a NEM o nee.” This picture was taken at the market in Menton, France last Saturday on a day of site-seeing after a business trip to Cannes.

Anemones are also commonly known as pasque (from pasch or paschal, Easter) flowers, due to their habit of flowering between late March and early June, an odd attribution for me, since I equate them with the summer. But in South Dakota, often peaking through the snow, they are the first sign that spring has arrived. By summer, when they are blooming in New York, their Great Plains’ region lifecycle is complete. Not surprisingly, the anemone is South Dakota’s state flower.

Along with clematis, buttercups, columbines, delphiniums, and poppies, all varieties I happen to favor, they are part of the ranunculaceae family. Quite accidentally I caught some ranunculi in the top right corner of this photo.

Here are some links for additional information on this plant, its family, and relationship to South Dakota. Happy Spring


TOG said...

When I was in New Orleans working on my graduate degree I grew both of those flowers. They are spectacular and I miss them because they will not thrive in Miami. Thank you for sharing.

katthryn said...

It's my pleasure. They do have a way of lifting one's spirits, don't they? Thanks for stopping by!

Jana said...

Very pretty! I haven't had these in my garden in ages. I should go look for some at the nursery.

Kate said...

I love blogging because I learn so much. Just this week I learned that Easter in Mexico is Pascua, and then I see your blog with the "Easter flower" known as pasque. Language is fascinating!! Your photo is lovely, and when I return to Minnesota in 4 short days, I'll have to remember to plant some of these lovely flowers.