The pasque flower: A sign of spring in South Dakota
One of the fun things to do during a South Dakota spring is to search for the state flower, the pasque flower.
"The pasque," according to the Office of Tourism publication "South Dakota Grasses, Wildflowers and Crops," "is South Dakota’s state flower and one of the first to bloom on the prairie each spring. A member of the buttercup family, it grows 6-to-16 inches high, varies in color from light blue or deep lavender to white, has a gold center, and appears throughout the state in April and May. The leaves of the pasque emerge after the flowers and grow from the base of the plant."
With daytime high temperatures currently in the 60s and after one of the longest winters in recent memory, it’s a great time to go out hiking and find pasque flowers.