Colorado blue columbine
Colorado blue columbines flowers are blue-to purple and white and hang down with five upward claw-like pointing spurs. The leaves are divided in three and each leaf has three lobes.
Aquilegia is the Latin term for eagle; the five flower spurs of this plant resemble eagle talons. While most authors have spelled the epithet "caerulea," the original spelling is "coerulea." It has been noted that an infusion made from the roots of Aquilegia caerulea was used by the Gosivte tribe to treat abdominal pains or as a panacea. Colorado blue columbine is the state flower of Colorado, whose state song also happens to be "Where the Columbines Grow" (A.J. Fynn, 1915).
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