230: Columbines at Longwood Gardens

One of the flowers in bloom during our visit to Longwood Gardens last week was the columbine.  I have never seen columbine before.  They are beautiful flowers that come in all sorts of colors and variations.  Its genus name, Aquilegia, is from the Latin for eagle.  The shape of the flower petals are thought to resemble the talons of an eagle.  Columbine, on the other hand, means dove or pigeon.  There are some who think the petals resemble five doves nestled together.

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