The Pasque Flower
In the south of Germany the Pasque flower, Pulsatilla vulgaris, is also called the Easter bell (Osterglocke), the Cow bell (Kuhschelle) or the Kitchen bell (Küchenschelle).
It loves the calcium-rich, well-drained soil on the south-facing slopes of our valley. Here it enjoys the safety of a nature reserve.
These photos were taken on Palm Sunday, so they were flowering a little earlier than usual. Many were already going over after such a brief show of beauty.