Aquilegia vulgaris L.
  • Sp. Pl. : 533 (1753)
  • Colaimbín

Cite taxon page as 'WFO (2023): Aquilegia vulgaris L. Published on the Internet; Accessed on: 07 Jun 2023'

General Information

Stems 30-72 cm. Basal leaves 2×-ternately compound, 10-30 cm, much shorter than stems; leaflets green adaxially, to 15-47 mm, not viscid; primary petiolules 22-60 mm (leaflets not crowded), pilose or rarely glabrous. Flowers nodding; sepals divergent from or perpendicular to floral axis, mostly blue or purple, lance-ovate, (10-)15-25 × 8-12 mm, apex broadly acute or obtuse; petals: spurs mostly blue or purple, hooked, 14-22 mm, stout, evenly tapered from base, blades mostly blue or purple, oblong, 10-13 × 6-10 mm; stamens 9-13 mm. Follicles 15-25 mm; beak 7-15 mm. 2 n = 14 (Europe).

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    Foliage as in no. 1 [Aquilegia canadensis L.]; fls nodding, blue, varying to purple, white, or pink, (2.5–)3–4(–5) cm long and wide, stamens not longer than the sep; spurs short and thick, strongly incurved; follicle-beak 5–10 mm; 2n=14. Native of Eurasia, escaped from cult. and locally established esp. in the cooler parts of our range. May–July.

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    30–90 cm hoch, mit 3–12 Blüten und doppelt 3zähligen Blättern, der mittlere Abschnitt 2. Ordnung oft gestielt. Blüten blauviolett, selten rosa oder weiss, Durchmesser bis 5 cm, nickend, mit 5 abstehenden äusseren und 5 zusammenneigenden und

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    5–7. Lichte Wälder, Gebüsche, kollin-montan(-subalpin). CH.

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    Nationally Preferred Names


    Other Local Names

    Ancolie communeFrenchCH
    Ancolie vulgaire
    Aquilegia vulgaraRaeto-RomanceCH
    Lus an cholaimIrishIE
    Lus an choilmIrishIE
    Lus an choluimIrishIE
    Lus an cholmhainIrishIE
    Crúba leisínIrishIE
    Aquilegia comuneItalianCH
    Gemeine AkeleiGermanCH


     Information From

    Flora Helvetica – Illustrierte Flora der Schweiz
    Flora Helvetica – Illustrierte Flora der Schweiz, Konrad Lauber, Gerhart Wagner, Andreas Gygax. Haupt Verlag 2018.
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    • B Flora of North America Association
    Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern US and Canada
    Descriptions of plants should be attributed to the full citation for each individual article, chapter or book that is the source for each record, which should include the authors of original publication.
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    Irish Vernacular Names
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    World Flora Online Data. 2017.
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