Arthur and Alan D. Singer: Ring-necked Pheasant and Pasqueflower
Artist: Arthur and Alan D. Singer
The American Ring-necked Pheasant descends from a Chinese and an English species that were imported to the United States and interbred here. The Pheasant family, comprised of about one hundred species, is most distinguished. For thousands of years, it has been the particular pride of Asia. In our country, Pheasants are raised systematically on game farms and then set free. Consequently, they have spread throughout most of the northern United States. Because they provide a meat that is a delicacy, the Pheasant has become a sportsman's delight. The Ring-necked Pheasant, adept at skulking through low cover, presents a real challenge to the hunter.
Changing fashions in botanical nomenclature are often a nuisance, but we can hardly regret the substitution of Anemone patens for Pulsatilla hirsutissima as the name of this delicate looking (but actually hardy) sun-loving rock plant of the Northwest. The Pasqueflower braves the spring winds with its soft-toned, wide-eyed lavender blossoms on six-inch stems before its tuft of basal leaves appears. Then follow the long-lasting seed pods thickly clothed in silky hairs. Pasque means Easter in French, and the Pasqueflower is thought to have been given its name either because it blooms in spring, or because dye made from the plant was used for Easter eggs.
This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood® First Day Cover for the 20¢ South Dakota: Ring-necked Pheasant and Pasqueflower stamp issued on April 14, 1982.
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