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In Bri­tain’s flo­ral king­dom, the Pasque­flower is ar­guably peer­less. Six deca­dently pur­ple petals en­case an orb glow­ing with the vigour of the spring sun. Leg­end tells that the blooms are nour­ished by the blood of Vik­ings, thereby of­ten flow­ing over the bar­rows that house the rest­ing places of the Nordic war­riors. Named in recog­ni­tion of its flow­er­ing time (pasque means Easter), this botan­i­cal rar­ity grows in fewer than a score of chalk down­lands na­tion­wide.

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