The classic prairie crocus ("Anemone patens") is a native perennial herb that sprouts multiple blossoms in early spring.
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The pretty purple parts are sepals, not petals. Other common names for this plant include meadow anemone, wind flower and Easter flower. And though it is common in Montana's spring prairies, it is the state flower of South Dakota.
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