Species Spotlight: Wild Columbine

© John Mizel
©Michael Neil O’Donnell

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.

Frequency: Common

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.

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