Wild Columbine

Nancy Barrett

Toronto, Canada

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Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

Aquilegia, from the Latin, aquilinum, “eagle like”, because the spurs suggested the talons of an eagle to Linnaeus; OR, from the Latin word for “water collector,” alluding to the nectar in the spurs of its petals.
canadensis, from the Latin, “of Canada”
Columbine, from the Latin columba, “dove”, the spurred petals perhaps having suggested a ring of doves around a fountain.

Height: 20 to 70 cm
Flowering Period: mid- to late spring
Light: sun to partial sun
Moisture: dry to average
Range: Nova Scotia to Saskatchewan

Hummingbirds are attracted to wild columbine. They are attracted to its red flowers and feed on its nectar. The shape of the flowers seems perfectly designed for the hummingbirds’ needle-like beak. Columbines readily seed themselves and new plants keep popping up each year. In a Native American tradition, the crushed seeds are rubbed on the hands of the menfolk as a love charm.

Photographed at Point Pelee National Park, Ontario
Nikon D90 with 105 mm Micro-Nikkor lens

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