Species: Columbine (Aquilegia vulgaris)

Family: Buttercups (RANUNCULACEAE)

Category: Flowering Plants

Location: NW

A. Flowering Plants

More extensive information on flowering plants can be found in a separate blog post.

B. Buttercups (RANUNCULACEAE)

Members of this poisonous family have bisexual flowers, and they include many common garden plants as well as wildflowers. The family name means 'little frog'!

C. Columbine (Aquilegia vulgaris)

In the wild the bonnet-shaped flowers appear from May, but many Columbines in urban areas are cultivars. Giving a desired sweetheart a posy of Columbines was said to arouse her affections. The seeds taken in wine were used to speed the process of childbirth. It is used by herbalists as an astringent and diuretic.

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Columbine

Giving a desired sweetheart a posy of Columbines was said to arouse her affections.

Columbine

Spurs and open faces lend character to Columbine flower heads.

Columbine

In the wild the bonnet-shaped flowers appear from May, but many Columbines in urban areas are cultivars.

Columbine

In the wild the bonnet-shaped flowers appear from May, but many Columbines in urban areas are cultivars.