This year I have not had much luck. They have barely brought.
Even so, I had thought about talking about these plants in the Aquilegia sp. Aguileñas sp. I know wild Aquilegia vulgaris.
Already he had an image of wild columbines found in northern Spain (specifically these photos are the forest of Muniellos in Asturias). And animated by a blog written Garden Barrosa on these pretty flowers, thought that he also had to publish something about it.
I do not discover anything new when I say that these plants of the Ranunculaceae family have flowers of beauty and elegance hardly surpassed.
In nature, its more than 50 species are distributed throughout many temperate zones of Europe or North America.
In Spain, I always associate them with wet areas of grasslands or forest clearings in the mountains of the north of the peninsula but curiously looking for the sun.
They are annual plants but they survive the coldest times thanks to storing reserves in their underground organs, sprouting the following year again. They generate some bushes of leaves of several rounded lobes of a green/grayish green/bluish tone.
From this bush, long floral stems (up to 1m high) arise where we find beautiful flowers in the form of a “trumpet” with long spurs (like eagle claws, in Latin Aquila… aquilegia…, for other aqua legere than in Latin would come to be: collect water because it accumulates dew on its leaves)
In general, they are very resistant and easy to grow plants, so much that is already known
its use in medieval gardens.
It is a plant with various uses, but it should be noted that seeds, leaves or flowers are toxic since they decompose produce hydrocyanic acid.
Rereading some books to complete this writing I have found some curiosities that you will surely like.
It seems that in ancient times they were used to make aphrodisiacs, such as the belief that Roman vestals were forbidden to touch this plant.
In Navarre, they used it, as an amulet, when smugglers risked crossing the border.
Columbines were used to make remedies against lice …
In nurseries and stores, it is common to locate this species in seeds that germinate beautifully and that after a first year of accumulating reserves at its root and thickening, will flourish in successive years. Although as I said in the introduction it is not difficult to see some specimens already flowered in containers, which will avoid a year of cultivation without flowers, and without knowing exactly the color of these flowers.
In the garden in combinations with seasonal plants, groups of these plants, rockery, semi-shaded areas, in flowerpots (in my opinion better on the ground) … used as a cut flower, like a pressed and dried flower or simply dried…
The Aquilegia that we find for sale for the garden, in general, are hybrids and varieties of different colors, sizes, single or double flowers…being able to find Columbines of the “wild” color of the different species, mixtures, bicolor…
Neither It must be said that if we reseed the seeds of these plants, they do not have to appear the same colors that we acquire(thing to keep in mind).
It is not especially sensitive but we must be careful with some of the typical pests that we usually find.
I like the Aguileña very much, in all its varieties, but especially when it appears wild on a walk in the mountains.