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Pasque Flower (Pasqueflower, Wind Flower, Prairie Crocus, Easter Flower)

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  • Common Name: Pasque Flower (Pasqueflower, Wind Flower, Prairie Crocus, Easter Flower)
  • Latin Name: Pulsatilla spp., esp. P. vulgaris and P. vulgaris alba
  • Family Name: Ranunculaceae
The beautiful Pasque Flower grows from a rhizome and produces cardiogenic toxins and oxytoxins which slow the heart in humans.  It also.contains the glycoside ranunculin (which is also found in Buttercups). 

Mammals that eat large quantities of this plant develop vomiting and diarrhoea, and the sap causes a burning sensation in the mouth and throat which can cause blisters, so we recommend that you do not feed it to tortoises. 

The flower, most commonly seen in purple, can also be found in red and white. 

Do not confuse with Wood Anemone which is also called Wind Flower and is toxic.
 
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