In Bloom: Columbine
Eastern Red Columbine is Blooming
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