When this columbine blooms, I feel like I would imagine I would feel if I had a 4 year old daughter with flowing blonde tresses that we had dressed in her first real dress and shiny shoes. Delicate in appearance yet possessed of that resiliency of childhood, this has impossibly long spurred yellow flowers.
Pretty fantastic species which garners lots of buzz when in flower at the Bellevue Botanic Garden. Intriguingly gorgeous scarlet-ornage flowers lack the cup which has morphed into the most regal crown of glorious spurs. The rocket plume of downward stamens sre punctuated flight. Can get 5' tall - oooooooohhhh!
Our native Columbine from seed collected on the way up to Mt Townsend in the Olympics. One of our most endearing natives with pendulous flowers which have reddish petals and spurs backing a soft yellow cup. This has a grace and charm so lacking in the garden hybrids. One of the first wildflowers I learned tottering around in the woods.
Our collection from Hubei of this purple-flowered Aquilegia. The purple flowers seem a match to Aquilegia yabeana and the geography is correct but will hold off until we go through the key.but pretty sure we will scratch off the aff. or "affinity to" from the tag.
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