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This lovely flower is the Columbine, hailing from the buttercup family. Also known as Granny's Bonnet, its leaves often bear the "doodling" of leaf miners (an insect larvae). But the damage usually is not serious and gives the foliage a sort of randomly "variegated" look that may be appealing to some gardeners.
A perennial plant found in meadows & woodlands, the flowers of Columbines were consumed by Native Americans as a condiment. The taste is sweet and safe in moderation. However, the roots and seeds are poisonous, so use caution in handling them.
Brightly-colored flowers that are tubular hold the most nectar, and are particularly attractive to hummingbirds. These include perennials such as bee balms, columbines, daylilies, and lupines; biennials such as foxgloves and hollyhocks; and many annuals, including cleomes, impatiens, and petunias. Once established, columbine plants are drought-tolerant. This makes them perfect for rock gardens or woodland gardens!
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