Flowery Friday: Prairie crocus.


Hope you’re not tired of my crocus photos yet!  There are 1,406,718 of them (give or take a couple) blooming up on Nose Hill right now.  Don’t worry, I’ll only post one picture of this particular beauty.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Will you be spending part of it in the garden or going for a nice long walk?


  1. How wonderful to be able to see so many in flower in one place! I have a couple of little plants in my garden and am pleased with them; one Pulsatilla vulgaris Alba and one Pulsatilla alpina. The P vulgaris is in flower now but I don’t expect the alpina to flower for a month or two.
    We may spend some of the time in the garden this weekend though we are expecting quite a few heavy rain showers so that may limit what we can do.
    Have a lovely weekend, Sheryl!

    • Thank you! I hope you were able to get out in the garden a bit last weekend, in between rain showers. Ah, spring! 🙂

      Your Pulsatillas sound lovely – I’m familiar with the red P. vulgaris, but a white one would be stunning! The P. alpina must be delightful as well.

  2. Beautiful! I must admit I was a bit confused when you called it a crocus, so I looked up the Canadian Pulsatilla and found various names, including Prairie Crocus, and also Anemone! Very confusing when two botanical names are used! Do you also call them Pasque flowers? The ones that grow here are Pulsatilla vulgaris.
    Have a great weekend Sheryl!

    • I know – it is so utterly confusing! We usually use Prairie crocus as the common name for Pulsatilla patens (which, as I understand, was formerly called Anemone patens – the name still crops up as a synonym). And, yes, we do have Pulsatilla vulgaris (Pasque flowers) as well…and many people also call P. patens by that common name. Just to make matters worse, we have the actual wild Anemones as well, which we commonly call windflowers. UGH!

      • And Pulsatilla vulgaris is called ‘Osterglocke’ (Easter bells) by some people in this region, but Osterglocke is actually the word for daffodils! … 😉

  3. Every year I’m glad to see you post these. I could never get tired of such a cool flower, and never tire of knowing they are doing so well!

    • It seems that around here more people use the common name Prairie crocus than Pasque flowers for Pulsatilla patens. More people tend to call P. vulgaris by the common name Pasque flowers. But not always. It is really, really confusing! I guess that’s a great example of why we should always use the botanical names…. 🙂

  4. The sun’s reflection on the “fuzz” give such a soft appearance. I can almost feel the warmth.
    Now … I’m ready to see the rest of the million 🙂

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