What flower is that?


Photo credit: © Francis R. Underwood
2010

This is an early spring-blooming wildflower found on rocky slopes and ledges. It grows one to two feet tall and has showy nodding flowers with five red petals.  Each petal ends in a long spur.  The leaves are alternate and compound with deeply lobed leaflets. 

2010 was one of the earliest blooms on record for this plant
with some plants blooming by April 10.

 

It’s…

Botanical Name:
 

Aquilegia canadensis

Common Name:
 

Wild Columbine

Family:
 

Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)

Habitat:
  Rocky woods and ledges

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