Species Spotlight: Wild Columbine
Looks like: This spring plant can grow up to 2 feet tall. It has thin, three-parted, lobed leaves and five-petaled yellow and red flowers that dangle at the end of long stems.
Grows in: Deciduous woods and roadsides.
Niche: Columbine is an important source of nectar for hummingbirds and bumblebees.
Threats: Picking and roadside mowing.
Reproduction: Blooms in late April or early May and is pollinated by bumblebees and hummingbirds.
Fun facts: Wild Columbine is the oldest plant kept at the Mohonk Preserve’s Daniel Smiley Research Center, which has a pressed sample from 1868.