Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Aquilegia canadensis L. image
Photographer: Merel R. Black           

Botanical Illustration

Kenneth J. Sytsma

Matthew L. Wagner

Margery Melgaard

Merel R. Black

Christopher Noll

Paul Drobot

Paul Drobot

Robert Bierman

Robert R. Kowal

Tim Kessenich
Family Ranunculaceae
Aquilegia canadensis L.
Canadian columbine, red columbine, wild columbine
Aquilegia: from Latin aquila, "an eagle," referring to the shape of the petals which is said to be like an eagle's claw
canadensis: of or referring to Canada
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, perennial, 1'-3' tall forb
Flower: orange to red/yellow, 5-parted, 1 1/4" long, nodding, yellow petals below long, hollow, red spurs and red/orange sepals; inflorescence of several long stalks branching from the stem with solitary flowers; blooms May-July
Leaf:widely-roundish, toothed or lobed, 2-3 times 3-parted, stalked, alternate, basal leaves larger than the stem leaves
Habitat: full sun to shade; dry; woods, forests, cliffs; in sandy, loamy soil

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All Aquilegia list Ethnobotany Information Google- Images or Text

Flora of North America (off site)
Aquilegia australis Small
Aquilegia canadensis L. f. flaviflora (Tenney) Britton
Aquilegia canadensis L. var. australis (Small) Munz
Aquilegia canadensis L. var. coccinea (Small) Munz
Aquilegia canadensis L. var. eminens (Greene) B.Boivin
Aquilegia canadensis L. var. flaviflora (Tenney) Britton
Aquilegia canadensis L. var. hybrida Hook.
Aquilegia canadensis L. var. latiuscula (Greene) Munz
Aquilegia coccinea Small
Aquilegia eminens Greene
Aquilegia flaviflora Tenney
Aquilegia latiuscula Greene
Aquilegia phoenicantha Cory

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