Western pasque flower, white pasque flower
The three Pacific states, plus small areas of Idaho and Montana
Up to 2 feet but usually rather shorter
Open mountainsides and meadows; moist environments
Needle-like; finely divided, mostly around the base, growing on short, hairy stalks
The large blooms of anemone occidentalis seem out of place above the clusters of tiny leaves around the base, and they last only for a short time. The plant grows in mountainous regions of the West, flowering soon after the snows melt. Both leaf stalks and flower stems are covered by relatively long, white, silky hairs. Each stem is topped by 5, 6 or 7 sepals forming a cup-shaped flower containing up to 200 small yellow stamens. In mid to late summer the flowers are followed by a fluffy mass of seeds, which persists for several months.