Columbine

Aquilegia (common names: granny’s bonnet or Columbine) is a genus of about 60–70 species of perennial plants that are found in meadows, woodlands, and at higher altitudes throughout the Northern Hemisphere, known for the spurred petals of their flowers. The name Aquilegia is derived from the Latin word for eagle (Aquila), because of the shape of the flower petals, which are said to resemble an eagle’s claw. The common name “Columbine” comes from the Latin for “dove,” due to the resemblance of the inverted flower to five doves clustered together. The leaves of this plant are compound and the flowers contain five sepals, five petals and five pistils. The fruit is a follicle which holds many seeds and is formed at the end of the pistils. Underneath the flower is spurred which contain nectar, mainly consumed by long-beaked birds such as hummingbirds. Columbines are closely related to plants in the genera Actaea (baneberries) and Aconitum (wolfsbanes/monkshoods), which like Aquilegia produce cardiogenic toxins. Credit: Wikipedia.