Greater Pasque Flower
A 5 – 30 cm tall, hairy perennial, this flower grows on an erect stem with leaves near the ground that fully develop only after the blossoming fades. With erect flowers, and pale violet petals, it flowers from March to May. The fruit is an achene with a hairy appendage. It grows on sunny (primarily calciferous) slopes, stony and grassy steppes, often in lush groups of individual plants, and is a well-known symbol of spring in warmer climates.