Wild Columbine by Nadya Johnson

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Aquilegia canadensis
Buttercup family (Ranunculaceae)

Wildflower native to the midwest (USA)
Taken in northern Illinois


Habitats include rocky open woodlands, wooded slopes, sandy savannas, thinly wooded bluffs, shaded areas of limestone cliffs, limestone glades, fens and bogs, openings in logged woodlands, and areas along railroad tracks. Occasional wildfires and other kinds of disturbance in wooded areas are probably beneficial in maintaining populations of this plant.

Cultivated columbines, sold by nurseries, usually have Aquilegia vulgaris (European Columbine) as one or both of the parents. While the flowers of Wild Columbines are always some shade of red, the flowers of cultivated Columbines are often other colors, including pink and blue. lavender and white. The flowers in cultivated columbines are also much larger than their wild relatives (this one was very tiny — less than an inch).

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  • Monnie Ryan
    Monnie Ryanalmost 3 years ago

    Simply beautiful, Nadya!

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 3 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL work

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful, Nadya! I would see these everywhere along the pond I like to walk around by my mom’s house in Madison. I always loved them…and how they hang out in dark little corners! Now I know what they are called! Had no idea there were wild Columbines! Great work!

  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 3 years ago


  • RGHunt
    RGHuntalmost 3 years ago

    13 JUNE 2012 -———- CONGRATULATIONS

  • Linda  Makiej
    Linda Makiejalmost 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your very wonderful and well deserved feature!! :0)

  • PenelopeLawry
    PenelopeLawryalmost 3 years ago


  • cclaude
    cclaudealmost 3 years ago

    Lovely light, the flower stands out beautifully against the soft green background. Congrats on your feature.

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 2 years ago

    Absolutely outstanding work Nadya!!

  • Peter Doré
    Peter Doréover 2 years ago

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