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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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In western Canada, growing columbines is both easy and frustrating.
aquilegiana, are the most common, and least serious, type of insect injury to columbines (see damage in picture below--photo Bill Turnock).
Gardeners who allow their columbines to seed in are more likely to harbour this pest, which can take out some young plants almost overnight, and seemingly disappear.
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In springtime, when masses of colorful, long-spurred columbine flowers nod gracefully above tall stems, they resemble fluttering butterflies that dazzle the eye.
Fall is a good time to set out columbine plants from containers, as they can get established and produce a good show of blooms next spring.
Columbines spread and changed throughout the whole world, in particular throughout North American.
One of nature's more sharply dressed wildflowrs, the columbine boasts of cousins worldwide.
Unlike the European columbines, which have short spurs, the plentiful native North American species have long spurs and come in a range of rich colors.
If you'd rather have white flowers on the same plant, try `Silver Queen', one of the longest-flowering columbines.
and WSFJ Productions will also broadcast the event and other special Columbine programming live with syndication to Family Net, Sky Angel and Odyssey cable networks.