|Kingdom||Plantae||Plants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae|
|Subkingdom||Tracheobionta||Vascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients|
|Division||Magnoliophyta||Flowering plants, also known as angiosperms|
|Class||Magnoliopsida||Dicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves|
|Subclass||Magnoliidae||Includes magnolias, nutmeg, bay laurel, cinnamon, avocado, black pepper, and many others|
|Order||Ranunculales||Basal (evolved earlier) eudicots, also called “true dicots”|
|Genus||Aquilegia||From Latin aquila, or “eagle,” for the flower’s resemblence to an eagle’s claw|
About plant names...
Alpine columbines are natives of the Swiss Alps and the northern Apennines.
They are not found in the wild in North America.
Identification: Plants are up to 30" (76 cm) high.
Bluish-green rounded leaves, about 1½" (3.8 cm) in size, are deeply divided into many rounded lobes,
somewhat fernlike in appearance. Blue (sometimes blue and white) flowers are nodding (hanging downward).
The blue coloring in this image from Thomé, Prof. Dr. Otto Wilhelm, Flora von Deutschland Österreich und der Schweiz., 1885 is faded.
Aquilegia alpina in Paghat's Garden
Aquilegia alpina on luirig.altervista.org
Aquilegia alpina on Wikimedia Commons
Aquilegia alpina on Desert-tropicals.com
Aquilegia alpina description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
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9/7/2010 · Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA
≈ 21 × 14" (52 × 34 cm)
Range: Zones 4a-7b:
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