Red Columbine

One of my favorite flowers started blooming recently. I planted Red Columbine from seed several years ago. The first year they were really small, the second year they were larger and bloomed, and this year: Kaboom!  They’ve taken over the flower bed.

Somewhere in there are my hostas. But who can argue with this kind of exuberance?

Columbine is a native wildflower, meaning it’s always been here and knows all about the dreadful winds we get.  We’ve had 30 – 40 mile per hour winds now for days, and look how nice it still looks in spite of it.

I love how delicate the flowers look, but how impervious they are to our wind tunnel climate.

Native Americans used the seeds to treat headaches, kidney problems, sore throats, heart problems, and fever. Seeds were also used as an additive to tobacco, ceremonial medicine, and a perfume.  Native American men when courting a lady used to crush the seeds, rub them on their hands, and then go shake the lady’s hand. It was thought the scent increased their chances of a favorable response.

So pretty and delicate in appearance, but tough, capable of curing illness and winning a lady.

My kind of garden plant.

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