columbine flower

columbine1Columbine is a native wildflower to North America and is in the same family as the buttercup.  Its name comes from Latin meaning dove like (Columba) and eagle (Aquilegia its scientific name). Symbolism of the flower ranges from foolishness to seduction. It is that state flower of Colorado. There it is actually illegal to uproot the flowers on public land and you are limited to picking 25 flowers. Medicinally the petals have been used an astringent, soothing sore throats and Native America used the petals in tea to treat heart ailments. The flowers are edible and are quite sweet. They are pollinated by bumblebees and hawk moths and are dined upon by hummingbirds. The photo is my columbine in my window box that just bloomed.

 

 

columbine

A native wildflower to North America, there is around 70 species of columbine. Medicinally the petals have been used as an astringent and to sooth sore throats, however, the roots and seeds are poisonous. Symbolism of the flower ranges from foolishness to Aphrodite, Mary Magdalene and mourning dove; Columba meaning dove in Latin.

columbine