Monday, April 11, 2011

Eastern Columbine

Aquilegia canadensis (Eastern Columbine)
We seeded Aquilegia canadensis (Eastern Columbine) around the house some years ago, and it's repaid that effort abundantly.
Aquilegia canadensis flower

Even though a perennial, it self-sows prolifically, so we've had lots of plants pop up nearby.  They're easy to manage, however, so their fecundity isn't really a problem.

They're in flower now in the Piedmont.  Who knows, maybe a hummingbird or two has dropped by when I wasn't watching!

3 comments:

  1. The columbine is Colorado's state flower; our state song (along with John Denver's Rocky Mountain High) is Where the Columbine Blooms. But, this being Colorado, my columbines aren't in bloom yet, so I'll happily settle for your beautiful photos :)

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  2. Your Rocky Mountain columbine is lovely, too. Glad you liked our eastern species.
    Lisa

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  3. I'm not sure which species of aquilegia we grow but, like you, we introduced it some years ago and I am delighted that it has self seeded.
    Our daughter, as a small girl, helped us plant the aquilegia and was delighted by it's folk name of 'granny's bonnets'.
    Rob

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