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Columbines Dazzle Where Other Flowers Fear To Tread

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Columbines at the Salt Lick Point overlook in rural Valmeyer.  		     - photo by Laura Streckfuss
Columbines at the Salt Lick Point overlook in rural Valmeyer. - photo by Laura Streckfuss

One of the most underrated of Illinois’ native wildflowers, wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis), grows where other flora fear to tread—at the edges of cliffs and out of limestone boulders. Columbine is not showy like other spring bloomers such as Virginia bluebell and Celandine poppy. They are unassuming in their beauty with their nodding blossoms of …

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