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Columbine

Aquilegia vulgaris

Plant Data

Order:
Ranunculales
Family:
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Easily recognizable with its blue flowers, having 5 tubular petals with hooked spurs. The name Columbine is derived from the Latin name for dove 'columba' because from below, the petals are said to look like 5 doves sat in a circle.
Fruit:
A dry pod which splits open upon ripening.
Leaves:
Green compound leaves with a bluish tinge, fan-like in appearance. The leaflets are round and notched.
Maximum Size:
100cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The flowers are edible and can be tossed into salads.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
American Bluebells, American Snapdragon, Cock's Foot, Common Columbine, Culverwort, Dove Plant, European Columbine, God's Breath, Granny's Bonnet, Granny's Nightcap, Lady's Shoes, Lion's Herb, Naked Woman's Foot, Pigeon Flower, Sow Wort.
Habitats:
Fens, grassland, meadows, roadsides, woodland.