Herbs and Other Plant Species of the World's Boreal Forests

World Boreal Trees

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Aquilegia canadensis
Wild Columbine
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)

Wild Columbine A nodding wildflower, growing to a height of 30 - 60 cm.


Distinguishing Features - Leaves: 10 - 15 cm wide, compound, long-stalked, divided into 9 to 27 light green 3-lobed leaflets. Flowers: 2.5 - 5 cm long, bell-like with 5 red sepals; 5 yellow-bladed petals and hollow red spur; stamens forming a column; flowering May to July. Fruit: beaked, dry pod, splitting open along inner side.


Ontario to Quebec; south throughout New England to Georgia; west to Wisconsin; usually on rocky, wooded or open slopes.


The showy, drooping flowers of the Wild Columbine attract insects and hummingbirds especially suited for reaching the sweet nectar.

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