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Columbine
Ranunculaceae
Aquilegia vulgaris


Thunder
Thunder
Flower Petal # 5
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Color 2    
Type Categories Useful Parts

Herb




Ranunculaceae Family

Aquilegia Genus
Other Names for this Plant

Columbine, Culverwort (Saxon), Culver, Culverwort, or Culverkey after


Location

Native of Europe

Physical Description
From its branching and fibrous root, which is blackish and rather stout, springs a large tuft of leaves, dark and bluish green on the upper surfaces and grayish beneath. These lowest leaves are on long foot-stalks and are large, having a terminal group of three leaflets, and below them on each side another group of three leaflets. The stem-leaves get gradually smaller, the higher they grow up the stem, the uppermost being without stalks and merely three lobed. The flower stems are 1 to 2 feet high, erect and slender, often reddish in color, branching into a loose head of flowers, which are 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter and drooping.


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Ranunculales
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Half Capsule Seed Division
Magnoliophyta
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Magnolia Division
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Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
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Cells with a Nucleus


General Information

The columbine is a contradiction. The blossom is considered both the flower of cuckoldry and a symbol of the doctrine of the holy dove. Its folk name is ‘granny’s bonnet.’ These attributes seem to have little in common

The Indians used wild columbine to relieve heart troubles and fevers, as a sedative, and as a wash for poison ivy. Braves rubbed the ground seeds into their hands as a love potion and perfume. Europeans treated sore throats with the leaves and kidney stones with the roots. A mixture of six herbs, including columbine, was reputed to destroy the pestilence "be it never so fell." Since children were sometimes accidentally poisoned by the plant, however, it is probably too dangerous for modern use as an herb.

Food Uses: Flowers - raw. Rich in nectar, they are sweet and delightful, they make a very attractive addition to mixed salads and can also be used as a thirst-quenching munch in the garden.

The flowers are also used as a tea substitute

The flowers of various species of Aquilegia were consumed in moderation by Native Americans as a condiment with other fresh greens, and are reported to be very sweet, and safe if consumed in small quantities

The plant is poisonous though the toxins are destroyed by heat or by drying. The roots have been ustilized as a poison causing severe Diarrhea



Columbine
A deep blue form



Columbine
A yellow form



Columbine
Flower



Columbine
Seedpod, will try to get a clearer picture soon!



Columbine




Columbine


Comment: Columbine, Aquilegia vulgaris

Page Posts: 2

Thunder
Thunder
June 10, 2010
I hope tomorrow I can get a better picture, I have two columbine out back, but may not have a seedpod right now. But as soon as I do I will change that pic out for an in focus one! I took that one on the run and never really checked it until tomite! lol oh well...<sigh>

gardengeek
gardengeek
June 10, 2010
Wow! that does look like the Nigella seedpod. They are both from the same family. Very interesting.

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