Sunday Flowers: Columbine Flowers

Sunday, March 06, 2011

These beautiful two-toned flowers are called Columbines. "The head of the flower is bell-shaped with sharp, blade-like modified petal and spurs. Their colors range from the usual white, yellow, red, blue, pink and purple hues, but they may also be bi-colored. Columbines are very tolerant to drought, and grow exceedingly well in warmer climates; however, they prefer at least partial shade and moist, but well drained soil."Some more interesting things about this flower that I read from FlowerInfo, "The columbine flower has frequently been linked to birds. Although they are mostly a food plant to insect lifeforms, their general appearance has inspired the images of stately eagles and groups of doves. Its scientific name, aquilegia, is taken from the Latin word for eagle, which is namely due to the showy spurs, which some feel look similar to an eagle’s sharp, pointed talons. On the other hand, the name columbine is derived from the Latin word columba, which is a reference to doves. This name came about because some feel that the petals resemble five doves nestled close together. Historically, these plants were frequently consumed for their medicinal properties. Some people felt that the flowers, when crushed, made fantastic astringents as well as an effective soother of sore mouths and throats. They were also said to help sweep away kidney stones and cure liver obstructions. Today, however, people avoid the consumption of this plant, as it is now known that although the flowers themselves may be moderately harmless – and even mildly sweet to the taste – the roots and seeds are extremely poisonous, and can cause heart palpitations and severe stomach upsets. The columbine flower also has a small place in myth. This flower is said to be the symbol of Aphrodite, and is also used as a dedication to the Nordic goddess of the heavens."
These are so pretty; I think I found my new favorite flower!

[Images from WildLifePhotoTour and Image+Content Source from FlowerInfo.]

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21 comments :

Sherin said...

They're so gorgeous. I'm definitely in the mood for Spring now!

Couture Carrie said...

These are so incredibly gorgeous!

Fabulous post, darling!

xoxox,
CC

Sabrina T. said...

lady thanks for your sweet comment:)
like so much your blog!!Would you return and follow me?i'd be very happy if you do it!!
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Susu Paris Chic said...

Would spring be pointing its rosy nose?

Ruta, Look Ugly in a Photograph said...

Such gorgeous photos!!

Winnie said...

Oh those are gorgeous. The colours are all so vivid!

Haute World said...

Incredible. I love the bright pink one, but the last shot with the frontal view is simply breathtaking.

nookie said...

aww, they are so pretty:x

Grace said...

I'd never heard of that flower, but it does look really pretty!

ediot said...

beautiful photos. thanks for sharing. what a nice name as well.
hope you've had a wonderful weekend dear
xx

Phuong said...

the second one is so beautiful

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Dancing Branflake said...

Incredible! It's like two flowers in one! Thanks for introducing me to this gorgeous gem of a flower.

Kavery said...

The simplest of flowers and they're so pretty. Following you now - I thought I was before but Blogger thought otherwise

Amandamarie said...

i'm simple and love daisies, but these are just so beautiful! never knew such flowers existed

xxxx

michelle_ said...

beautifulll flowers audrey !!


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la petite fashionista said...

I love all the color! I've been buying fresh flowers for my house and it's amazing how much happier it feels having them sitting on my dining table!

E said...

With warm weather coming, my mind is totally on gardening right now! I wonder if these would grow in my yard...

Josie said...

These are GORGEOUS and so intricate.
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My Republic of Fashion said...

They are stunning. I love the 1st blut 2 toned ones. :)SArahD

Leia said...

I adore the color!

Leia

Schnappy said...

Wonderful flowers, I love all! :)
I wait for spring very much! :)

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