Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Green in Winter: Wild Columbine

These leaves of Aquilegia canadensis emerged in the landscaping around my house during mild weather in December, 2011. They seem a little thin for winter leaves but they persist, even with freezing temps and no snow cover. Wild Columbine is one of the easiest native plants to grow from seed, and it will flourish in almost any conditions. It is very popular with hummingbirds.

Photographed in rock landscaping on January 1, 2012 in Marshall County, Indiana.

This is how the plant looked in May, 2011 in a shaded hollow between wooded dunes in Porter County, Indiana.

"Without anxiety let us wander on, admiring whatever beauty the woods exhibit." Henry David Thoreau Journal, 1850.

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