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Wild Columbine

By pamelajean
This time I am showing the many colours of the wild variety, recognisable by its five petals.
I hope you can still see the bird forms that I told you about before.

Just a little bit more information about this flower:-
The flowers of various species were consumed in moderation by Native Americans as a condiment with other fresh greens, and are reported to be very sweet, and safe if consumed in small quantities, but the seeds and roots are highly poisonous and contain cardiogenic toxins (cyanogenic glycoside) which cause both severe gastroenteritis and heart palpitations if consumed as food, and columbine poisonings may be fatal.

Sometimes within a genus there will be toxic species and edible species. The Aquilegia are that way. Most of them are toxic with alkaloids, four are not, one in east Asia, three in western North America. Thus making sure you have the exact species is quite important. Close is not good enough.

Columbine became a medicinal plant (Gersdorff in 1535, cited by Behling, 1967) and is still in use in homoeopathy. Native Americans used very small amounts of Aquilegia root as an effective treatment for ulcers. However, the medical use of this plant is better avoided due to its high toxicity.

It has been used medicinally for many centuries and also used in traditional folk medicine, prescribed as an astringent for wounds, a kidney tonic, an impotence cure and a cancer preventative, and to treat headaches, nausea, upset stomach, diarrhea and rheumatism. While none of these treatments are supported by scientific evidence, they have been well-documented over the years, and written accounts of columbine can be traced as far back as the 11th century. The plant was also believed to have aphrodisiac properties.


Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Digitally manipulated Aquilegia Ranunculaceae Aquilegia vulgaris Rockbell Culverwort Saxon Buttercup family Five birds together

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taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
9 Sep 2012 6:49PM
its all in the details!

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
9 Sep 2012 6:54PM
So beautiful, Pamela. Carol
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2012 7:04PM
Beautiful combination of colours, excellent image,
9 Sep 2012 7:10PM
colourfull !
9 Sep 2012 7:14PM
A beautiful image Pamela. Superb colours and very nice background.

9 Sep 2012 7:20PM
Excellent work Pamela, super image,
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
9 Sep 2012 7:30PM
Couldn't have been anyone else's I think.....Guess whose been busy today making Hedgehog boxes most of the day?.....I'm losing it, someone call the men in whites....

SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
9 Sep 2012 7:55PM
How lovely. Especially the little droopy one. Smile
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2012 7:57PM
Beautiful image Pamela.

RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
9 Sep 2012 8:09PM
Very interesting narrative to accompany the shot which is quite excellent: and I do like how you manage to produce these pastel colour coordinated b/gs that set off the flowers so well.
9 Sep 2012 8:17PM
Very lovely shot full of detail with great tones and very well presented......

Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
9 Sep 2012 8:18PM
Excellent info to go with the beautiful image.

EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
9 Sep 2012 8:23PM
Truly beautiful. Enjoyed the info too.

9 Sep 2012 9:07PM
Superb info to go with a really cracking image.SmileSmile

posty57 10 6 2 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2012 9:32PM
A wonderful collection, a wonderful presentation, and a wonderful biography. It doesn't get much better than this Wink

netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
9 Sep 2012 9:38PM
Beautiful image,
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
9 Sep 2012 10:44PM
all my favourite colours reunited!!
excellent light and arrangement. The extra information is very interesting, you have a wealth of knowledge
10 Sep 2012 12:19AM
An excellent image and lovely colour Pamela
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
10 Sep 2012 12:27AM
So well coloured this one Pamela.
Excellent shot.
10 Sep 2012 12:47AM
Superb Pam.So beautiful..Lin
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
10 Sep 2012 5:38AM
A great mixture of colours

Ray42 10 3 England
10 Sep 2012 7:25AM
An excellent image - plenty of colour and detail on a great bg too - a very interesting write up as well
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2012 7:34AM
Love the composition and colour combination. I always think of jester's hats when I see them. Beautifully detailed and that all important light.
Tibetan 5 3 England
10 Sep 2012 8:21AM
If that's the wild verity it can grow in my garden any time nice one love it! nicely presented as always regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
jdinne 15 16 England
10 Sep 2012 8:43AM
Wonderful narrative Pamela and another superbly detailed presentation. Love the colour and light, the background is wonderfully effective.

Stunning presentation shouts Quality through and through.

AnnJ Plus
6 5 Scotland
10 Sep 2012 3:22PM
Truly beautiful image wiwth glorious colours. Ann
10 Sep 2012 4:22PM
Your style is completely perfect and that is very important - no one will be able to do it!Smile
Regards Valery
Gerryrys 6 1 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2012 4:53PM
Truly excellent work Pamela. Grin

10 Sep 2012 6:03PM
Gorgeous image Pam, amazing colours.

John Smile
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
10 Sep 2012 8:20PM
Beautifully arranged colourful selection Pamela - good bg too.
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
11 Sep 2012 8:00AM
A truly beautiful and eye catching image.

Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2012 1:41PM
Did not think they could get any better Pamela...
you always amaze, the details and colours here superb and perfectly presented
saltireblue Plus
8 7.9k 33 Norway
11 Sep 2012 3:41PM
This is marvellous, Pamela, to have all those colours gathered in one image..perfect.

FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
11 Sep 2012 4:11PM
Superb quality and colour here Pamela, classy work,
NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
11 Sep 2012 10:46PM
Great work ,as always ,good write up ,impotence and headaches seems a good balance ,not much use curing the former if the latter prevents full medical clearance .Smile
BarbaraR 12 17 1 England
13 Sep 2012 1:41PM
A gorgeous capture.
So pretty.


Quote:Your style is completely perfect and that is very important - no one will be able to do it!Smile
Regards Valery

So beautiful GrinGrinGrin

15 Sep 2012 6:28PM
Beautiful combination of colours, excellent information
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2012 1:03PM
Stunning, a breath of fresh air, everything about this piece screams out both look at me, and quality.

Regards Nathan
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
16 Sep 2012 1:31PM
Very beautiful, Pamela, you certainly do excel at these type of images Smile
Trev Smile
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
16 Sep 2012 3:08PM
What a beautiful array of colours Pamela and a fascinating narrative to accompany the image.
xwang 9 56 8
20 Sep 2012 11:46AM
Very beautiful indeed.. I always love them..
Superb image, Wonderfully taken with beautiful colour and clarity, excellent writing up.. enjoy them both very much. Thanks.Smile
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
21 Sep 2012 11:38PM
What wonderful colors.

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