Flower Friday: Columbine (Update) #FlowerFriday #Perennials #Flowers #Columbine

I discovered Flower Friday while visiting Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and decided to begin sharing some flower pictures from our gardens along with some information about them. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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Today’s share:

Columbine (Update)

Before my blog break I shared a post of purple blooms. In that post was an interesting flower that just popped up in my landscaping. It was exciting because we didn’t have any other flowers like it. At the time it was spindly and small with only four or five blooms. Here’s an old picture of it…

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It’s grown exponentially since then. I’m amazed at how large it’s become in just one season with many more leaves and blooms.

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The only thing I don’t love about this perennial is that you have to lift up the bell-shaped flowers to see the colors inside. They have these interesting spurred petals. This species is unique and different from any of the other perennials we have.

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The scientific name for Columbine is Aquilegia, and they belong to the buttercup family. They are herbaceous perennials that are found in regions at higher altitudes in the Northern Hemisphere from zone 3-9. Don’t let their look of fragility deceive you, they’re actually one of the most hardy perennials. Ours has taken a beating this spring with multiple frosts.

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Interesting facts…

  • The name Aquilegia came from the Latin word for eagle, perhaps because the petals look like eagle talons.
  • Columbine is the state flower of Colorado.

Thanks for checking out Flower Friday! What do you have blooming this week? Have a wonderful weekend!

🧡 Mischenko

17 thoughts on “Flower Friday: Columbine (Update) #FlowerFriday #Perennials #Flowers #Columbine

  1. I wish something like that would pop up in my yard. Love the colort. Again, I planted several bulbs and again – nothing. I give up on bulbs. However, I did get some irises from a friend cleaning out her bed and I finally have some blooms! Guess that’s the only way I’ll ever get anything from bulbs, lol.

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    1. We may have talked about this before, but It could be a vole/mole issue, Teri. Likely voles. We planted like 80+ tulip bulbs one year trying to recreate my grandmother’s old tulip garden, and they came through and ate every single bulb in one day. They even took out some fruit trees. I’d be willing to bet that’s what’s happening with yours. They’re such destructive creatures! They have some granular spread that you can buy in bags to sprinkle on the ground. It goes down into the soil when you water it in, and the voles and moles steer clear of the area for months. You can also try to grow some bulbs that they don’t like, including iris like you have, some lilies, hyacinth, daffodils, and salvia. There are others too. So happy you have some blooms to enjoy! 😉

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    1. Isn’t it? I read this morning about the self seeding, and now I’m excited to see how much it spreads. Hopefully I can transplant and have new plants to put elsewhere. So grateful. ❤️ Glad you’ve enjoyed this flower as well Cathy!

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  2. This is gorgeous, M! I wish I had a columbine volunteer here! My mom and I planted one when I built my first house, and sadly, we didn’t pick a good location. I think there’s something magical about it. Almost like a fairy plant of some sort. I love the centers and colors of yours!

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    1. I hope one pops up for you, Jen! I’m amazed with this one and super excited to see how it changes over the next few years. I’ll see about collecting some seed for you because from what I’m reading, they’re easy to start from seed.

      I thought of you yesterday! We finally have a few peonies! ❤️ Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Jen, and thank you.

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