Friday, 30 May 2008

Aquilegia Canadensis



5"X7" Oil on board


A.k.a. Columbine.


A particularly fine specimen, growing in our front garden, very tall and stately. It's unfortunate that it is so short lived. It is a beautiful, native wildflower that flowers in late spring with lovely 1.5 inch red and yellow flowers on long stems.

The genus name Aquilegia comes from the Latin word aquila, which means "an eagle". This refers to the shape of the petals which are supposed to be like an eagle's claw.


Apparently the flowers of various species of Aquilegia were consumed in moderation by Native Americans as a condiment with other fresh greens, and are said to be very sweet, and safe if consumed in small quantities.

$75 - Please contact me for more information.