Columbines: Aquilegia sp
. These attractive wildflowers with spurred flowers are found wild throughout North America, Siberia and other northern temperate regions. Aquilegia means eagle-like and refers to the spurs' (nectarines) resemblance to an eagle’s talons. Their unique flowers have generated some colorful common names including: Rock bells, Granny’s bonnet, Jack-in-trousers, and Revolver flower. A. canadensis
are dark green and deeply divided. Its drooping flowers are bell-shaped and they are yellow with long, straight, red spurs. A. alpina
produces blue and white flowers and is the state flower of Colorado.
In some Native American tribes a man would grind up the seeds into a powder and coat his hands before holding the hand of his desired companion, and then they would wash their hands together. This "love potion" ensured the couple a long, happy life together. In Europe however it was considered a tremendous insult to be given columbine if you were a woman and bad luck if you were a man.