Columbine - Aquilegia canadensis (Buttercup family - Ranunculaceae)

 

Columbine - Aquilegia canadensis (Buttercup family - Ranunculaceae) The name Aquilegia is from the Latin word for eagle and refers to the spurred flowers resembling talons. The word columbine refers to a circle of doves - columba in Latin, perhaps referring to the resemblance of the flower to the head of a bird.

 


The drooping bells with 5 long, curved spurs are characteristic. The flowers, which have red tubular sepals and yellow petals within, hang from long stems and account for the common name Rock Bells.

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