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74-75, 339.3 Picnic Area, 370-378
Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) is a wildflower of the Ranunculaceae family. Its leaves are both cauline and basal, lobed and divided. Flowers begin to appear in late spring above the plants foliage and consist of colored sepals and petals that are elongated into a spur. The round end of the spur houses the nectar and it hightly sought after by pollinators. The plants can be easily propagated from seed and can flower even in the first year. Some ornamental cultivars are available, namely “Little Lanterns.” Leave are loved and grouped in clustes of three. This plant grows best in rocky soil.
This family contains a number of mildly toxic species, although no known records of toxicity have been seen for t his specific species. It is therefore wise to use caution when using this plant. Its flowers are probably safe to eat, although again, caution should be exercised.