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Wild Columbine - Aquilegia canadensis

Wild Columbine

A rather uncommon woodland wildflower, wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) grows primarily on limestone or dolomite rocks. However, it can be found on sandstone and in sandy soils as well. Columbine’s distinctive upside-down spurred flowers are a popular nectar source for the ruby-throated hummingbird. Wild columbine flowers in April and it may continue blooming into July. Its generic name, Aquilegia, is from the word aquila, which means eagle, referring to the resemblance of its spurs to an eagle’s claw. Not seen at many state nature preserves, wild columbine grows at Miller Nature Sanctuary in Highland County, Goll Woods in Fulton County, Clifton Gorge in Greene County and at North Shore Alvar on Kelleys Island.


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