Pulsatilla on the Barrens

posted May 31, 2018, 6:29 PM by Larry Leef

On Tuesday, May 8th I went to the barrens and saw many pasque flowers (see my photo below). You can find them right off St. Croix Trail around the old school foundation. As you can see the ones I saw were almost white. Apparently there are many varieties around the world. They remind me of the familiar crocus flower, but the crocus is of the iris family.

Look it up at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulsatilla

I was surprised to hear that they are very toxic. 

Submitted by Vern Drake

Pulsatilla - Wikipedia


Use and toxicity. Pulsatilla is highly toxic, and produces cardiogenic toxins and oxytoxins which slow the heart in humans. Excess use can lead to diarrhea, vomiting and convulsions, hypotension and coma.