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Re: weather - columbines

Auralie: Thanks...that is a very helpful description. I'm sure that
between the info. you provided and the links Kitty provided that my
hort. education has been improved upon today. :-) Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Fri 05/14,  < Aplfgcnys@aol.com > wrote:
From:  [mailto: Aplfgcnys@aol.com]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Fri, 14 May 2004 15:47:46 EDT
Subject: Re: [CHAT] weather - columbines

In a message dated 05/14/2004 5:31:04 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
<br>mhobertm@excite.com writes:<br><br>&gt; Auralie and Kitty: As I am
fairly new to the world of columbines, could<br>&gt; you explain this
language: spurred, granny's bonnets, no spurs, doubles,<br>&gt; etc.
TIA.<br>&gt; <br>&gt; <br>&gt; <br><br>Melody, if you look at a
columbine flower you will see it is divided into <br>five
segments.<br>Hortus describes it this way: &quot;5 petals with a short,
broad lip, or lamina, <br>and usually a long, hollow,
backward-projecting spur.&quot; There are approximately <br>70
species<br> The columbines grown in Europe - at least since the 13th
century were <br>given the name Aquilegia, derived from the Latin for
eagle, as the short, hooked <br>spurs suggested an eagle's talons. The
common name, columbine, also from the <br>Latin, means &quot;dove,&quot;
as some thought the circle of spurs looked like doves' <br>heads in a
circle. The spurs in the most common European species, A. vulgaris
<br>are quite short, almost chubby - as the doves' heads image would
indicate. Two <br>notable American species are A. canadensis, a small,
bright red and yellow <br>blossom and A. caerulea, the blue Colorado
columbine. Both these species, and <br>other American natives as well,
have proportionately longer, thinner spurs. <br>Some Americans have
extremely long spurs - up to four inches. Most garden <br>columbines are
hybrids, but the length of the spurs indicates which strain is
<br>dominant, with the longer-spurred ones having more American
heritage. The spurless <br>and &quot;granny's bonnet&quot; are probably
hybrids - I don't seem to find a species <br>description that would
match. Another of those native-vs.-alien species questions <br>that are
so silly and complicated. <br>Hope this helps<br>Auralie
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