Friday, May 8, 2015

Columbine (Aquilegia)

Columbine (Aquilegia) is native to the Northern Hemisphere and belongs to the Ranunculaceae family. The genus consists of 60-70 species.

First Aquilegia species appeared about 6 million years ago. The plant spread only once to North America when in the Pliocene 5-3 million years ago Beringa built an open land bridge between Asia and North America.

Columbine shows a lot of different blossom colors and forms.
The one shown in the picture is the first one this year opening in our garden. Will update, when the others show up :-)

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