Certain words that stick to gardening make me a little anxious, like “easy” and “foolproof.” We know that few valuable things in gardening (and life) are simple to accomplish.

On that premise, we can describe columbines in those words. After all, columbines easily come out of the seed and bloom when young, for almost any gardening fool.

Columbine main features

The columbine plant (Aquilegia) is an easy-to-grow perennial and offers seasonal interest for much of the year. It blooms in a variety of colors during spring, emerging from its attractive dark green foliage that turns brown in fall.

  • The leaves of this plant are compositive and the flowers contain five sepals, petals, and pistils.
  • The fruit is a follicle that contains many seeds and its form is at the end of the pistils.
  • Beneath the flower are spurs containing nectar, mainly for the usage of long-beaked birds, such as hummingbirds.
  • The genus name Aquilegia derives from the Latin word for eagle (aquila), due to the shape of the flower petals. Accordingly, the petals resemble an eagle’s claw.
  • The common name “columbine” comes from the Latin for “pigeon”, due to the similarity of the inverted flower with five grouped pigeons.

Photos of the columbine flower

Coming soon 😉

More exotic flowers.