Flower from the front
Anthers, styles and stigmas
Side view of flower, ring of bracts
Whorl of leaf-like bracts
Light green, hairy leaves in spring
Dark green leaves in autumn
April to May
It is thinly scattered in eastern counties from Lincolnshire
southwards, and in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.
For a map see the National Biodiversity Network Gateway
It grows on short turf on lime, especially on south-facing slopes.
It can also be a garden escape.
Pasqueflower is a rare, native, perennial, rhizomatous hairy
herb growing up to 30cm.
The flowers are solitary and erect on long stems.
Flowers are up to 5cm across and made up of a whorl of 6
purple, petaloid sepals.
There are numerous yellow stamens with globular anthers.
Outer anthers are sterile and produce nectar.
There are numerous carpels with yellow green styles and
The styles elongate and become feathery and persistent in fruit.
The flowers droop to form a bell shape.
There is a ring of leaf-like linear bracts below the flower.
The leaves form a rosette and are linear, pinnate and hairy.
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