Wild columbine has drooping, bell-shaped, red and yellow flowers with petals lifted upward. The flowers bloom in April to July and have many yellow stamens in the center. Wild columbine grows 1 to 3 feet tall.

Reproduction and Life Cycle

About two weeks after blooming, flowers go to seed. Mature seeds are black and are contained in a fruit capsule. New seedlings grow in spring.

Did You Know?

  • Wild columbine is also known as red, eastern or Canadian columbine. It attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.
  • The seeds of wild columbine have been used to treat fevers, rashes, headaches, sore throats, other ailments and as love charms.
  • There are many columbine cultivars that come in various colors, including white and purple.

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