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Red Columbine

Red Columbine or Western Columbine, Aquilegia formosa

Red Columbine growing along a forest road, photographer Ned Blake

The Red Columbine is a common flower to see along the scenic forest road drives around the Darrington area.  This stately plant can grow up to about 4 feet high with spreading branches which bear the bright red to orange-red nodding flowers.  Each flower consist of five spurred sepals which are the outer flower.  The true petals of the flower with yellow edges are enclosed within the sepals encircling the reproduction components of the flower.  The Latin words Aquila which means eagle refers to the sharp spurs of the sepals, formosa means beautiful and the Red Columbine certainly is.