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Prairie Crocus

Anemone patens
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Habitat: Prairies, hillsides and dry open woods.

Description: Tufted with silky hairs throughout.  The leaves are long-stalked and divided into threes.  Blue, purple or nearly white flowers that are hairy on the back.

Size: 10-40cm tall.

Fun Facts: All parts of the prairie crocus are poisonous when eaten, and irritating when they come in contact with the skin.

Source:  Johnson D., L. Kershaw, A. MacKinnon, and J. Pojar.  Plants of the Wester Boreal Forest and Aspen Parkland.  1995.  Lone Pine Publishing.

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Posted by Katherine Thielmann
Posted by Katherine Thielmann
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Checkered White
Pieris protodice

Habitat:  The Checkered White is a migrant species that flies up into the prairies and parkland areas of southern Alberta in the spring time to lay their eggs.

Description:  A predominately white butterfly, on the upper side of its wings it has dark splotches along the edges arranged like a checker board.

Size:  40 -50 mm

Diet:  The...

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