Aquilegia (Columbine; from Latin columba "dove") is a genus of about 60-70 species of perennial plants that are found in meadows, woodlands, and at higher altitudes throughout the Northern Hemisphere, known for the spurred petals of their flowers. The genus name Aquilegia is derived from the Latin word for eagle (aquila), because the shape of the flower petals are said to resemble an eagle's claw. Columbine is a perennial, which propagates by seed. It will grow to a height of 15 to 20 inches. It will grow in full sun, however, prefers growing in partial shade and well drained soil, and is able to tolerate average soils and dry soil conditions. Columbine is rated hardiness of Zone 3 so does not require mulching or protection in the winter (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).
Last autumn I bought a punnet of aquilegia without any knowledge and idea how they will look like or when this plant will produce flower in Adelaide. Yesterday morning, to my delight before I went to a parenting workshop with Ilhan I saw this bud about to bloom. I have been waiting for about 6 months to see the flower.
When I reached home about noon. This flower has already fully bloom. The flower picture in the label did not do justice to this plant. So now, I have many question in my head unanswered; one of them is how long will aquilegia usually produce flower? I would love to know more about this plant.