Mar. 3, 2020

garden columbine, Aquilegia vulgaris

Garden columbine arrived on the continent with European settlers. It brought with it old names like Granny's nightcap or Granny's bonnet. This columbine occasionally pops up in the wild; this one was growing adjacent to Ives Preserve. In my experience it is not very insistent. Both local spots where it's been have died out. And while the rest of us spread out across the continent, garden columbine mostly settled for areas near the original thirteen. It is a very temperate sort. It has been reported from CT, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WA, WI, WV, BC, MB, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE, and QC.