Pasqueflower

The purple pasque flower

Only found in a few places in the Chilterns, Cotswolds, East Anglia and Lincolnshire, the pasqueflower is now one of the rarest plants in the country.

With their undisturbed limestone grasslands, the Commons are a perfect habitat for this rare plant. You can see them flowering in southerly facing areas where the soil is thin. To thrive this flower needs to grow in very short grassland where it doesn't have to compete with other plants.

Identification

If you see the pasqueflower flowering, you're in for a treat. The purple flowers form an almost perfect bell shape. The petals are covered in long, silky hairs while at the centre lies a distinctive bright yellow stamen. The grey-green leaves appear soft and feathery.