Anemone pratensis

Preparing for the launch of the redesigned web site has been taking all of my work time and more, so apologies about the too-seldom BPotD entries (particularly since it’s spring in many places). As you may note, the web site name is no more, and everything has been moved over to domain. No links to the old site name should be broken, however — it should be a seamless transition. In anticipation of upgrading the BPotD software to the latest version for the redesign, the “On This Day” feature has been removed as it is not available for that version. However, I’ve plans to replace it with “date tags”, so if you click on “april-12” in the tag list below the recent entry, you should get the entries from April 12 in all years. Also, should I find a suitable student this summer, one of his/her tasks will be to update older entries to current standards (should mean overall speed and search-by-tag improvements for plant families).

On to today’s entry, written by Claire:

beranekp@Flickr from Teplice, Czech Republic, posted this image of Anemone pratensis (syn. Pulsatilla pratensis subsp. bohemica) via the BPotD Flickr Group Pool. Much appreciated beranekp!

Daniel, on nomenclature/classification for this taxon: as noted in this entry, the evidence seems to suggest that all Pulsatilla species should be moved into Anemone. For a discussion on the topic, see the Flora of North America entry for Anemone and the current determination of Anemone pratensis by the systematic botanists at the US Agricultural Research Service. That said, I don’t think anyone has published the name Anemone pratensis subsp. bohemica yet, so I couldn’t use that for today’s entry, though this should be considered as such.

Claire continues: Members of the Ranunculaceae (buttercup family), pasque flowers are a common sight in meadows throughout the world. If considered as Pulsatilla instead of the larger Anemone, there would be about 33 species in the genus. Anemone pratensis is distributed over a broad range of Europe, from as far north as Norway to Bulgaria at its southern limits. The species survives altitudes up to 2100 meters, but it can also be found near sea level. There are four named subspecies of Pulsatilla pratensis (Daniel: see above re: taxonomy): subsp. pratensis, subsp. bohemica, subsp. hungarica (endemic to Hungary), and subsp. nigricans. Subspecies bohemica is an endangered plant in the Bohemian region of the Czech Republic.

All subtaxa of Anemone pratensis are extremely toxic. Somehow utilized in folk medicine for treating eczema, gout and rheumatis, the species can also cause skin infections or affect the central nervous system.

If you’re looking to cultivate this perennial, it tends to flower between March and May, and the flowers perched on to-15cm tall stems are a spring favourite of bees. In the summer, plants spread their fluffy achenes with the help of wind.

A nature photography site in Czech has additional photographs: Pulsatilla pratensis subsp. bohemica. More information on Pulsatilla pratensis subsp. bohemica can also be found through (I use translating tools to read these pages).

Anemone pratensis

13 responses to “Anemone pratensis”

  1. phillip

    ..once you’ve seen the most beautiful things and believe there could be no better beauty, am amazed again. Bravo..!
    Daniel, I had to chuckle,on your comment “should be a seamless transition” as seamless as trying to play a windows ’98 cd on windows 7..

  2. Elizabeth

    Thank you for all your hard work on BPotD. I have it as my home page and looking at the same entry for a few days is just fine by me. It makes me reread it a couple of times and then I actually learn something instead of just going “Oooh. Look at that pretty flower.” You are doing a tremendous job. Keep up the good work.

  3. Janeal Thompson

    Good luck on the transition, Daniel. Your work is so very much appreciated by all of us. This is a lovely photograph, thanks for posting it.

  4. Ann Marie Borys

    Just wondering if there is a way to use these beautiful images as desktop background????

  5. Laurel Dickenson

    To set as your desktop background, right-click your mouse (or mouse-like device, mine is a keypad) and chose “set as desktop background”. That works for Windows XP anyway.
    Turning a collection of these photos as a screensaver, takes more work, and how to choose.
    I agree that this photo is very life-like. I want to reach out and feel the fuzzy stems!

  6. Irma in Sweden

    Oh this so wonderful. This is one of the early springflowers here in the Stockholm area. As spring can be very fickle it sure need its fur coat. The budds are so cudly but it is strictly forbidden to pick it.
    There is an old viking burial place where this flower has established itself and in the early part Of May it si sure a sight to behold. The small rolling hills with its sparse vegitation and the the stately deep blue pulsatillas is so beautiful

  7. Karin also in Sweden

    Hi Irma! That sounds wonderful! Where exactly do I have to go to see this? Uppsala högar?

  8. Sue

    This flower to me is one of the beauties of spring,
    we also refer to it as the “wind flower” . Thankyou
    your hard work is much appreciated.

  9. elizabeth a airhart

    flowers of the wildwood!your home is there
    mid all that is fragrant,all that is fair
    where the wood-mouse makes his home on the earth;
    where gnat and butterfly have their birth;
    where leaves are dancing over each flower,
    fanning it well in the noontide hour.
    ann pratt-to the wood anemone
    the greek myths about the anemone are fine reading poor adonis
    wonderful picture all velvet and soft thank you and for all the memories

  10. Elizabeth Revell

    How exquisite … the rich petals and the delightfully flyaway tomentum like a halo.

  11. Doby Green

    Something very interesting and could potentially be very useful with some constructive research, would be to study the biochemical aspects of this plant as a medicinal source and its effect on nervous systems, mentioned in this write-up
    suggests. Where could one find transplants or seeds for growing these plants?
    What is the relationship of this anemone to the one found in U.S., the smoke
    anemones with hairy stems and long seed producers, some are blue and some are red?

  12. owen Okie

    I’m studying for my masters of science in herbal medine and I do use anemone in low doses. It’s very useful for certain types of anxiety.

  13. Irma in Sweden

    Karin The place I have in mind is Åsa Högar (the hills of Åsa) close to the small hamlet of Stallarholmen just north of Mariefred. It is a heritage site so it should notbe disturbed but an old roadd runs just by so it easy to reach it

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