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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.


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Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Dec 5, 2006 9:53 pm - Voted 10/10

Nice idea for a beautiful flower

I like it!


lcarreau - Jun 27, 2008 5:22 pm - Voted 10/10


collection of pictures and information, Fred!
And to think that some Sp-members don't like to look at
what Mother Nature produces, unless it has a snow-capped
mountain with a route description attached!! Hogwash! :)

foweyman - Jun 27, 2008 7:20 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Outstanding

Thanks lcarreau. They're probably my favorite mountain flower, often turning up in unexpected places. By the way, does lcarreau mean "the crow" in french? :)


lcarreau - Jun 27, 2008 7:32 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Outstanding

Nope, but while I attended public schools in Utah, I had to
learn a stupid poem called "The Raven." :)

If you're interested, 'carreau' in french means "The Diamond."
(And YES, I've already had to EAT CROW several times on SP!!)

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