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Wild Desert Columbine
Ranunculaceae
Aquilegia


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Flower Petal # 5
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Herb

Ranunculaceae Family

Aquilegia Genus
Other Names for this Plant

Granny's Bonnet


Location

Found in Amasa Valley, Delta, Utah.


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General Information

I have personally eaten LOTS of columbine flowers. I've never had a problem, or heard of anyone who had a problem. I've eaten dozens of them on an empty stomach with no ill effects. They are very sweet because of the nectar found at the pointed tips of the petals.

The rest of the plant is deadly toxic.

flowers consumed in moderation condiment with other fresh greens, and are reported to be very sweet, and safe if consumed in small quantities.
Seeds and roots = highly poisonous

contain cardiogenic toxins = severe gastroenteritis, heart palpitations.
Native Americans used very small amounts of Aquilegia root as an effective treatment for ulcers.
Columbine poisonings may be fatal.

Latin words:

Aquilegia = Eagle (aquila), the flower petals resemble an eagle's claw.
Columbine = Dove (columba).
Granny's Bonnet = resembles the mob caps old women used to wear.





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