Aquilegia vulgaris, Columbine

Aquilegia vulgaris
photos by Dennis Kalma


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  Aquilegia vulgaris L.
Ranunculaceae (buttercups)

Plant: 20 to 40 cm tall; flowering late spring to early summer

Flower: 5-parted, pendant, bell-shaped, approx 3-4 cm long; flowers usually blue but may be purple, white, or pink; 5 sepals, 5 petals with short thick spurs; stamens numerous, white, not longer than sepals; pistils not extending beyond stamens

Leaves: compound, divided and sub-divided into 3's

Habitat: old fields, homesites

Similar Species: flowers of Aquilegia canadensis are different in color and other details and that species is found in a different habitat

Note: native of Europe, escapes from cultivation

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Flora of North America