Columbine or Granny’s Bonnet (Aquilegia vulgaris)

Watercolor

Columbine, Aquilegia or Granny’s Bonnet, the beloved garden, field and woodland flower, is an important food source for pollinators, including the garden bumblebee (Bombus hortorum). The name Aquilegia comes from the Latin meaning eagle, while its common name, Columbine comes from the word for dove. Referring to the lovely curve of petals, it is uniquely named for both the eagle and the dove. The small garden bumblebee has a much longer tongue than other bumblebees so it prefers plants such as the Aquilegia, with its deep flowers.

“I am that Flower. That Mint. That Columbine.” ~ William Shakespeare

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