Aquilegia vulgaris

Aquilegia vulgaris

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!