The pasque flower: A sign of spring in South Dakota

Pasque flowers on Bear Butte, in western South Dakota. (Photo by Seth Tupper)

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.


Categories: Outdoor Activities

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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