Thursday, May 01, 2008

First wildflowers of the season blooming!

The Purple Pasque Flower, a Minnesota prairie native, are extremely cold-tolerant, often emerging from the ground before the last of the snows reside (as was the case this year). Most Pasque Flowers grow and go to seed before other flowers or grasses move in for competition. If their large, early white-to-purple blooms and prominent yellow pistils don't give them away, their look for the fine white hairs covering their stems and leaves.

Spotted the blooms (shortly to be shown above) yesterday afternoon.

Sunny this morning, highs in the 60's, then cooling off in the afternoon as a fine drizzle moved in.

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