Red Columbine

Red Columbine

"Aquilegia formosa"...huh? or Red Columbine in book Wild Flowers of the Pacific Northwest, page 355. Many, many of these beauties on west side of Hannegan Pass. 7-25-10
on Jul 29, 2010 7:08 pm
Image Type(s): Flora
Image ID: 643211


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gimpilator - Aug 9, 2011 2:08 am - Voted 10/10


A friend just showed me on a recent trip that you can eat the flower of this plant. It tastes sweet! But it's kind of a shame to eat something so pretty.

Sedge - Jun 12, 2014 8:00 pm - Hasn't voted


Regarding the comment above, please do not eat Aquilegia species. They are poisonous. I almost wonder if the commenter is thinking of Dodecatheon jeffreyi, which also has a sort of dramatic downward-facing appearance; however, the latter are purple, edible, in an entirely different family, etc. Maybe they are in fact correctly, but that is quite some Russian roulette: Ranuncs can be wicked... Admire the columbines, yes, but they are not salad fodder. Glycosides and whatnot. Eating the seeds most notably can be fatal. A note to casual e-browsers! Thanks.

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