Flowers In Perspective

Pasque Flowers: Wonderous Wild Things


Come on, let’s face it. Not every flower can be as sweet as hyacinth or as graceful as a calla. And very few will ever be as timeless as a rose or as cheerful as a daisy. Truth be told, some flowers like the pasque flower pictured above are a bit odd (to say the least).

But if you can look past the hairy and strange, you may just become fascinated by pasque flowers… and their fuzziness too.
Despite a soft, delicate appearance, pasque flowers are quite hardy and well-adapted to cold weather. After the last frost, seedlings emerge covered by fine, silky, silvery hairs that insulate the flower throughout its germination. Curled up in this silver blanket, the buds lie close to the ground for three to four weeks. Then in early spring, as if waking from a long slumber, these wild things open out and stretch up … but typically no more than three to six inches high. For, staying low is another one of the pasque flower’s clever adaptations to harsh environments.

A group of pasque flower blooming in spring.

Fuzziness certainly adds to the pasque flower’s awkward charm. But I think the flower’s most endearing quality is adorable, wide-eyed blooms. What a wonderful reminder that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes … and textures. So remember to keep your eyes open!