These wind-waving beauties aren’t called common for nothing. You’ll find wild pasque flowers across western North America from Utah up through Alaska and as far west as Illinois. They prefer the prairies as habitat, and two prairie places, South Dakota and Manitoba, have designated the pasque flower as their official flower. Here in the mountains we look for them in clearings of wooded foothills.
Some people try to transplant these lovely lavender wildflowers to their home gardens, but more often than not, it doesn’t work. These plants prefer hard, untilled soil, and the soil found in flower beds is just too cushy for them. My neighbor with the perfect yard and garden managed to grow some pasque flowers in her wildflower garden, but she had to wait several years before the plants bloomed.
*The green in the photo is the evergreen bearberry plant.