Wednesday, May 17, 2017


The Plant
"The botanical name for columbine is Aquilegia, from the Latin word aquilinum--meaning 'like an eagle'--the flower's spurs look like the talons of an eagle. Columbine is from the Latin word 'columba'--meaning dove or pigeon, and the flowers look like birds in flight. The flower has several descriptive folk names that have been used through the years, including cluckies, rock bells, rock lily, granny’s bonnet, fairies dancing and culverwort."
"Seed is best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. The seed can be slow to germinate. Stored seed can be sown in late winter in a cold frame. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer. Division in spring."
Folklore and Legend
"Columbine flowers are a symbol of foolishness, because their spur-like petals resemble a court jester’s hat. The spurs look like little shoes with turned-up toes when they fall from the plant, and are called Mary’s shoes. According to the University of Illinois Extension, one legend relates the story of Jesus' mother Mary's visit to her cousin Elizabeth; everywhere she walked during her visit, columbine sprang from the ground. According to the legend, the columbine represents Mary’s innocence."
"Columbine was formerly employed in herbal medicine mainly for its antiscorbutic effect, but it has fallen out of favour and is little used nowadays. The leaves root and seed are astringent, depurative, diaphoretic, diuretic, parasiticide. Because of its toxic properties, this plant should not be taken internally without expert advice, though the root is sometimes used externally in poultices to treat ulcers and the commoner skin diseases. The plant can be harvested at any time from June to October. Columbine has produced very unsatisfactory results and is not normally used medicinally. A homeopathic remedy is made from the plant. It is used in the treatment of affections of the nervous system."

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1 comment:

Mo Crow said...

a favouite flower!