Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Coastal BC Plants: Red Columbine

Red Columbine

I was walking along the upper Eldred River and came upon this lovely red flower. It's the Red Columbine, also known scien- tifically as Aquilegia formosa.

The Columbine is a perennial plant, returning each spring with beautiful bright red blooms with yellow centers. Tall thin stems rise from the green leaves lying close to the ground. Look for Columbines in moist areas such as meadows, along lakes and streams (that's where I found mine), in clearings, and even on rocky slopes.

The Columbine's flower hangs facing downwards. Look underneath the five red petals and you will see the yellow stamens in the center. -- Margy


  1. I love wild columbine, when we were kids in the interior we used to eat the sweet ends as a treat.

  2. Thanks for the ID of this beautiful flower.

  3. beauty. the flower looks as if it is poised to shoot a hidden missile.

  4. We have several areas in our gardens with columbine. Such an easy flower to grow and spreads really nice.

  5. Ann - It's so nice to use local varieties in the garden. They have a much better chance of surviving.

    Thanks all for your visits and comments.