Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Wordless Wildflower Wednesday ~ Pasque



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PS: No Photoshopping (I swear!) The halo effect is natural.  Flower petals have a bit of white fuzz on the tips.

29 comments:

jan said...

Those are so beautiful! It's like they have their own halo!

Will said...

That is a beautiful flower! The green is so vibrant also. I had never heard of Pasque so I looked it up and found this: "Pasque flower is highly toxic, and produces carcinogenic toxins and oxytoxins which slow the heart in humans."

Beautiful and deadly. What's new!

Happy WW!

Kate said...

Hey, Jan! Yeah, my favorite part is the fuzziness of the leaves and petals. :)

Kate said...

Hi, Will;
Wow. I had no idea!! Pasque grows wild all over the western half of the U.S. These were in captivity :) ~ in a garden. They're the state flower of S.D., where I grew up, and I've always been very fond of them.

dianne - bunny trails said...

Wow! Those are amazing flowers. Nicely captured.

GrammyMouseTails said...

Love the lavender color! did you use a photo brush ( I think that is what they are called) for the halo affect? Faythe @GrammyMouseTails

Beth F said...

Nice! I love the top photo in particular.

BK said...

This is beautiful! I like discovering new flower. And glad to know from Will that this can be deadly too.

Tufa Girl said...

Beautiful.

caite said...

the color is lovely...but the leaves are rather creepy.

Kiki said...

LOVE this..what beauties!! Almost feathery..gorgeous..magical!!
Kiki~

Spice said...

Oh WOW! I LOVE these flowers! They are gorgeous!!!!! I'd love those in my garden! Happy WW!

Auntie E said...

Oh I like these, quite different. Kind of look like a weed. Sometimes those are the must unexpected beauties.
My WW link for you

Stan said...

That is an amazing plant and nice pictures. With the fuzzy leaves, it just has the look of something that grows in a harsh climate.

Iron Needles said...

I haven't seen any Pasque flowers yet. Well. Except here!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Hi Kate. What a beautiful plant. Not only is the blooms on them pretty but i love the fuzzy look they have.

Noelle said...

What gorgeous flowers and I love the furry foliage so much...

Snowcatcher said...

Drool city!!! I'm still in search of our first wild ones of the year here.

The fuzz helps them keep going through late spring snowstorms, and I believe pasque also has some sort of reference to Easter or Passover, as that typically is when these flowers first begin to poke their heads up.

One of my favorite mountain wildflowers.

donna said...

The are gorgeous and they bloom so early. I need to check and see if they will make it through a zone 4 winter. I'm thinking yes because it's the state flower of South Dakota.

donna

Granny J said...

Gorgeous!

joey said...

Breathtaking photos. Spring has found you, dear Kate!

jayayceeblog said...

I have never seen anything like that before ... what a breathtaking flower. Nice photos!

Kate said...

Hi, All!
Thanks so much for the kind comments! Pasque is one of my favorite wildflowers but she can absolutely be grown in your gardens. This batch looks super lush because they're garden-grown in the Salt Lake valley. USDA zones 4-8, drought tolerant.

Happy Wordless Wednesday! :))

BK said...

Hi Kate, sure you can link up the video and share it with other readers. The video posted by Thought Bubble was meant to be shared in the first place. I believe this video will benefit many others and act as a gentle reminder for all of us to be a little more kinder.

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Lovely photos! Pasque flowers are one of my favorites in the spring, and their seedheads are awesome, too.

Thanks for your comment on my veggie garden post.

Johnny Nutcase said...

how cool is that! excellent photos, what a gorgeous flower - love it :)

Liz said...

I love Pasque flower, and wish it was planted more!

Titanium said...

These are so delectably touchable. My fingers are twitching.

Wendy said...

geez, these little show offs are wearing feathered boas! How lovely!