Aquilegia canadensis (Red Columbine)
|Also known as:||Wild Columbine|
|Habitat:||shade, sun; rocky woods and slopes|
|Bloom season:||May - July|
|Plant height:||1 to 3 feet|
|USDA PLANTS database:||Minnesota county distribution map|
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5 upside down tubes fused at the tips into a bell shape. The spurs at the base of each tube are hollow. Color is red with yellow tips, but can range from pink-red to orange-red. A bundle of yellow stamens hangs down from the bottom of the bell. Flower is 1 to 2 inches long from the tip of the tube spur to the tip of the stamens.
Leaves and stem:
Leaves are compound in 3's, basal and alternating up the slender stem. Leaflets may be notched and/or lobed in 2 or 3 segments, to 2½ inches long and wide. The stem may be slightly hairy, especially on the upper part of the plant.
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Photos taken at Long Lake Regional Park, New Brighton, MN, May 2007
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