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Thursday, November 1, 2012

"One Rocky Mountain Columbine"

5" x 5"  watercolor on 140 lb Fabriano  SOLD

Aqualigia is a native to Colorado. This fragile looking blossom is really pretty hardy.  According to Wikipedia "The common name "columbine" comes from the Latin for "dove", due to the resemblance of the inverted flower to five doves clustered together." However another source says that aquila means eagle which refers to the claw like spurs at the base of the flower.
The Rocky Mountain Columbine was designated the official state flower of Colorado in 1899 after winning the vote of Colorado's school children. Discovered in 1820 on Pike's Peak by mountain climber Edwin James, the Rocky Mountain columbine (Columbine Aquilegia caerulea) is a lovely flower with a rich aroma to attract bees, hummingbirds and butterflies to it's nectar. 

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