One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The North American pasque flower, Pulsatilla patens var. multifida, which when flowering en masse gives the effect of a bluish haze.
2A North American avens, Geum triflorum, especially when in fruit (so called from the long plumose hairs on the styles).
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Journal of American Folklore.
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