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What is this?

Posted by potterhead2 z5 NY (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 1, 10 at 19:24

I don't know what forum I'm supposed to use, so I'm hoping you guys can help. I found this growing in a fairly shady area area behind my camper (dappled woods). I know I've seen this before but can't remember what it is. Any help?

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RE: What is this?

I think it is a columbine. Just guessing - the species could be Aquilegia brevistyla, small flowered columbine.

RE: What is this?

If you found it in NY we are a little too far south for A. bevistyla. Most likely A. vulgaris, or European Columbine.

RE: What is this?

I live in Western NY State. Other than the Aquilegia canadensis, I've never seen any other wild columbine varieties growing around here.

And the OP's plant looks very similar, although a smidgen paler blue/purple, to the columbine I have scattered throughout many gardens. The previous home owner planted it and so it is a cultivated variety of Aquilegia vulgaris commonly found at nurseries and garden centers. The variety I have self-sows very vigorously - the reason it ends up in many gardens and wild areas about my place. I too would say Aquilegia vulgaris.


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