Thursday, April 12, 2012

Eastern Red Columbine

Eastern Red Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) is a perennial wildflower native to eastern North America. Normally, the columbines here bloom in May, but this year there are already blooms appearing in mid-April, almost a month ahead of last year's schedule. The long, tubular flowers of columbines are especially attractive to hummingbirds, which play an important role in their pollination.