I love signs of Spring. And in South Dakota, finding the State Flower is a great sign of spring. The pasque, also called pasqueflower or prairie crocus, can be found all over the state. Hunting for it is a great reason to get out and enjoy the outdoors.
Where can you find the South Dakota State Flower? You’ll want to find areas of undisturbed ground, native soil that hasn’t been tilled or replanted. In Western South Dakota that would mean pastures and many of the hiking trails in the Black Hills. In Eastern South Dakota, draws and valleys are great places to begin your hunt, especially near streams and rivers. Late March through early May is the best time of year to find them in bloom.
The flowers do seem to favor slopes, but you may find them anywhere. I just love happening upon a huge patch of these little purple crocuses. The two photos in this post are of flowers I found in Deadwood near White Rocks, which is above Mount Moriah Cemetery.
What is your favorite sign of Spring in South Dakota?
Where have you found the State Flower?