spring... arrives! ... first bloom, after a winter of heavy snowfalls. april 22-24, 2011 (Ēostre weekend). prairie crocus, new furry fuzzy nubs. COMMON NAMES: windflower, prairie smoke, prairie anemone, easter flower, pasque flower, kippiaapi, meadow anemone, cutleaf anemone, wild crocus, prairie crocus, winter crocus, meadow crocus, mountain crocus, and ... IT'S NOT A CROCUS AT ALL.
... early may, they are everywhere. formerly Anemone patens, now Pulsatilla patens or P. ludoviciana. buttercup or crowfoot family: Ranunculaceae. view seeding anemone with buffalo beans in later plant cycle.
NOTE: Ranunculus, Latin for "a little frog", rana "frog", by Pliny the Elder (23-79 AD). Ranunculaceae, a group of plants in the buttercup or crowfoot family "that grows where frogs abound," unlike the little garden crocus bulbs, corm, bulbo-tuber crocus (wiki: related to Hebrew כרכום karkōm, Aramaic ܟܟܘܪܟܟܡܡܐ kurkama, Persian and Arabic كركم kurkum, which mean saffron or saffron yellow) in the iris family, Iridaceae.
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