July 2011

Wild Columbine

The columbine flower is one of the most simple yet elegant blooms in Eastern North America. The plant droops like a pitcher plant, yet gracefully curves in such a narrow, upside-down bell shape, that it’s almost as elegant as a lily. It does have yellow varieties, but the red columbine, complete with long yellow stamens, is especially striking. In addition to the columbine being such a lovely garden plant, however, it is also well known for its properties for attacking wildlife, such as hummingbirds.