Wild Columbine

Aquilegia canadensis


The Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) is a flowering plant native to the eastern and central regions of North America. It is a herbaceous perennial that grows to a height of 30-90 cm, with a clumping habit and delicate, fern-like foliage. The leaves are divided into several lance-shaped, toothed leaflets. The plant produces showy, bell-shaped flowers in shades of red, yellow, and blue, with spurs that extend behind the petals.

In terms of growing conditions, the Wild Columbine prefers moist, well-drained soils and partial to full sun exposure. It is winter hardy, but may require some protection in colder climates. To cultivate the plant successfully, gardeners should plant it in a location with adequate drainage and water regularly, especially during dry spells.

The Wild Columbine is not edible, but it does provide some value for wildlife. The flowers attract hummingbirds, bees, and other pollinators, and the plant can be used as a source of nectar for these insects. Additionally, the plant has some medicinal properties and has been used in traditional herbal medicine to treat a variety of ailments.