Eastern Columbine Wisconsin Wildflower

Eastern Columbine Wisconsin Wildflower

In the spring, I wander around the woods, meadows and walking paths for wildflowers. Today, I found the Eastern Columbine Wisconsin Wildflower.

Not exactly sure what draws me to the Eastern red columbine wildflower. Is it the curvy lines?  The color? Perhaps, because I see them selectively?


Known As:
• Eastern Columbine
• Canadian or Canada Columbine
• Wild Columbine

Red Columbine Wildflower

Scientific Name:
Actaea Pachypoda

(Native) Family:
Ranunculaceae – Buttercup family

Plant Characteristics:
Columbine grows to a height of 1-2 feet in the partial shade and in areas of filtered sun. Tiny, black seeds ripen at various times within the flowers life cycle.

Color Range
Pinks, Peachy and Reds

Red Columbine Wildflower

What Is It & Where Can You Find It In Wisconsin?
• A perennial flower that grows up to two feet high.
• Growing along river banks & woodland areas
• Likes partial shade and areas of filtered sun.
• Flower has showy red and yellow petals and it’s stamens curl upward as it ages.

Collecting Seeds
• Tiny, black seeds ripen at various times within the flowers life cycle.

• Collect seed by hand from August to October.
•  Gently tap the old flowering head into a paper bag.
• Seeds can be dried in open paper bags for about two weeks.
• Store dry seed in sealed, plastic bags in refrigerator until you are ready to plant them.
• Seeds will stay viable with this method for 3 years.

Wild Columbine Wildflower

Where Can You Find It In Wisconsin?
• Growing along river banks
• Woodland areas

What It Attracts:
• Bees
• Butterflies
• Hummingbirds.

Native American Use:
Once the plant went to seed, It has been said that the Native American men would crush the seeds and rub them onto their skin. It was supposed to help attract love.

It is the whole LOVE factor that has me interested.  I understand the attraction to the flower.






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