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A spring-flowering European plant related to the anemones, with purple flowers and fern-like foliage.
- ‘These include California poppy, Jamaican dogwood, cramp bark and pasque flower.’
- ‘From mid-June through July, you should see profuse wildflowers, from the dainty, lavender pasque flowers to penstemons in shades of blue and purple.’
- ‘Now that I have acid soil, I dream of pasque flowers and pinks.’
- ‘While many of the other plants in South Dakota haven't even turned green, the pasque flower is peaking above the snow, with its white, pink, or purplish, tulip-like blossoms already open.’
- ‘In the spring, the pasque flower is densely covered with white silky hairs that look like an old mans beard.’
Late 16th century (as passeflower): from French passe-fleur. The change in spelling of the first word was due to association with archaic pasque ‘Easter’ (because of the plant's early flowering).
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