Above: Wild Columbine along shore of retaining pond on corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way in Madison, Wisconsin (5/29/19).
Wild Columbine - Aquilegia canadensis
The native columbine found in Wisconsin has intricately shaped, downward-facing, five-parted, 1 1/4" blossoms that are a brilliant rose/red to orange color on the outside and yellow on the inside.
Other names include: Canadian or Canada columbine, eastern red columbine or wild red columbine.
Aquilegia>: pronounced "ah-qwi-LEE-gee-ah" from Latin aquila, "an eagle." This refers to the shape of the petals which is said to resemble an eagle's claw.
by Scottish author, Elizabeth Gordon
Columbine's a happy sprite,
Dances with fairies every night;
She feeds them honey when they go,
That's why the fairies love her so.
For more information on Columbine, visit Wikipedia.
Or, visit the UW-Madison Wisconsin Master Gardener website page on Wild Columbine.
Or, visit the UW-Madison Wisconsin State Herbarium website page about Columbine - Aquilegia canadensis.
Above: Wild Columbine in the Oak Savanna in the U.W. Arboretum in Madison, Wisconsin. (6/03/19)
Above: Wild Columbine along shore of retaining pond on corner of Nakoma Road and Manitou Way in U.W. Arboretum. (6/05/19)