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Columbine:

see commedia dell'artecommedia dell'arte
, popular form of comedy employing improvised dialogue and masked characters that flourished in Italy from the 16th to the 18th cent. Characters of the Commedia Dell'Arte
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columbine

(kŏl`əmbīn), any plant of the genus Aquilegia, temperate-zone perennials of the family Ranunculaceae (buttercupbuttercup
or crowfoot,
common name for the Ranunculaceae, a family of chiefly annual or perennial herbs of cool regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Thought to be one of the most primitive families of dicotyledenous plants, the Ranunculaceae typically have a simple
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 family), popular both as wildflowers and as garden flowers. Columbines have delicate and attractive foliage and flower petals with long spurs that secrete nectar. The common Eastern red-and-yellow-flowered wild columbine (A. canadensis), frequenting rocky places, is also called rockbell; it is a favorite of hummingbirds, and Native Americans made an infusion of the seeds for headache and fever. The blue-and-white-flowered A. coerulea of the Rockies is the state flower of Colorado. The common European columbine (A. vulgaris), blue, white, or purple flowered, has been the source of many cultivars—some double and of various soft colors. Columbine is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Ranunculales, family Ranunculaceae.

Columbine

light-hearted, flirtatious girl. [Ital. Lit.: Walsh Classical, 83]

columbine

traditional symbol of folly. [Plant Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 173]
See: Folly

columbine

any plant of the ranunculaceous genus Aquilegia, having purple, blue, yellow, or red flowers with five spurred petals
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If all columbines in the garden are from one strain, like McKana Giants, the seed they form will produce offspring pretty much like the parents.
If you grow American and European columbines together, they'll cross and the European genes will tend to dominate, so over time the long spurs of the American parents will probably shrink, and the flower colors will become washed out.
Columbine's Student Senior Senate developed the following statement: "In the years to come we would like the history books to say that on April 20, 1999, Columbine High School united the world in creating a better place for the future.
As we reflect upon the lessons learned from events like at Columbine, we should look at this and all of the documented school shootings as a "collective whole.
Leaves are thicker and darker than other columbines.
In springtime, when masses of colorful, long-spurred columbine flowers nod gracefully above tall stems, they resemble fluttering butterflies that dazzle the eye.
The color, shape, and length of the spur makes the nectar deep inside accessible to certain animals, enabling columbines to specialize and consequently diversify based on what pollinates them.
Columbines spread and changed throughout the whole world, in particular throughout North American.
Since columbines like damp soil, she waters them for 30 minutes a day during the growing season.
A good seed source for columbines is Nichols Garden Nursery (541/928-9280).
My daughter's final journal entry 40 minutes before she died was to draw an incredible picture that was prophetic about the Columbine tragedy," Scott said.
Hosted by Darrell Scott of Columbine Redemption Foundation, father of slain student Rachel Joy Scott, the event will be held April 20 at 1 p.