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May 11, 2011 / virginiatrailschristine

In Bloom: Columbine

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum - Columbine

Eastern Red Columbine is Blooming

Genus: Aquilegia

Eastern Red Columbine is a perennial from the Ranunculaceae (Buttercup) Family. Although the plant and blossoms appear delicate, they are sturdy woodland plants that prefer average to poor soil rather than fertile soil.

Fun Fact:  Native Americans used very small amounts of Aquilegia root as an effective treatment for ulcers. However, the medical use of this plant is better avoided due to its high toxicity; columbine poisonings may be fatal

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