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Columbine - Aquilegia

The eastern U.S. native species has red spurrs with yellow lips in the center. The western native species is blue and white.

Nicknames: Rock Lily, Cluckies, Jack-in-Trousers, Wild Honeysuckle, Granny's Bonnets, Dancing Fairies

American Indians used minute amounts of the seeds crushed to treat headaches. They also rubbed them in their hair to treat lice. They used the roots to make a medicine. Peterson's Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants

"At one time considered diuretic and diaphoretic, columbine is not at present used in practical medicine." The Dispensatory of the United States of America. 1918

Hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers.

Caution parts of this plant are reported to be poisonous.


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