Queen of the garden
Stands above her realm below
Reigning in glory
Aquilegia vulgaris is commonly called European Columbine, or “Granny’s Bonnets”.
Aquilegia is from the Latin word for eagle – aquila – because the petals are supposed to resemble the claw of an eagle. Columbine is from the Latin for pigeon – columba… Why, I don’t know!
Personally I like the name Granny’s Bonnets best, as it describes the flower heads of this plant so well!