USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York. Vol. 2: 92
WILD SEED PROJECT IS OFFERING THESE SEEDS SO THIS IS NOT A PRIORITY.
Where Commonly Found: Rocky woods, slopes, ledges, open areas., CT, ME, MA, NH, MA, NH, NY, RI, VT.
How to Identify:
(For unfamiliar words: Wikipedia Glossary of Botanical Terms).
Go Botany Key for Aquilegia canadensis.
Missouri Botanical Garden website for Aquillegia canademsis. Click on more images.
Flower Color: Scarlet with yellow interiors.
Flower Type: 5 radial petals, bell-shaped, nodding flower on long arching stalks. Flowers are 1″-2″ wide, with 5 regular parts with long spurs on back, centers with long protruding stamens.
Flower Time: Early June – Late July.
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate leaves.
Leaf Type: Leaflets grow in 3′s and deeply lobed and wedge-shaped at base, 1/2″ – 2″ long.
Seed Collection: Collect upright capsules, 1″ – 1-1/2″ long with awnlike beak, when dried, can shake seeds into envelope and store dry.
Attracts: Bee, Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Larval Host
Light: Full Sun to Part Sun, Best in Part Shade
Hardiness Zone: 3 to 8 USDA Zone Map
Soils: Dry to Moist
Notes: Elegant, though often short-lived wildflower providing beauty and habitat for pollinators. Worth the effort for a few beautiful years.
Native to Central to East US, North to South: Biota of North America Program (BONAP) – North American Plant Atlas (NAPA).