Aquilegia vulgaris

Garden Columbine

Names and Myths

Aquilegia either from the Latin for eagle, or a combination of aqua water and lego to collect – a reference to the nectar holding spurs.17


Natural history / Folklore

Flowers are shaped so that only ruby-throated hummingbirds, can easily get to the nectar which is produced in the long slender spurs. The red color is attractive to the hummingbirds, and the yellow openings are said to act as nectar guides.6

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April August  Reds and yellows. Flowers vary in the amount of color present. Leaves divided into 3 rounded lobed leaflets. Steep rocky slopes, open woods, roadsides.