This herbaceous perennial plant is pollinated by flies. It produces smooth, shiny green fruits that grow in a cluster on the spadix.
Fun fact: Meskwaki Indians used to drop the seed of this plant into a cup of stirred water and if the seed went around four times clockwise, a patient in question would recover. It it went around less than four times they would not.
Wild Columbine, an herbaceous perennial native to woodland and rocky slopes in eastern North America, can readily hybridize with other species in the genusAquilegia.
Fun fact: Aquila (the root of the plant’s genus Aquilegia) means “Eagle” in Latin and refers to the claw-like spurs at the base of the flower. The name “columbine” comes from the Latin word for “dove,” as the inverted flowers are said to resemble a cluster of doves.