Friday, June 29, 2007
Colorado Blue Columbine
The blue columbine is Colorado's state flower.
I was thrilled to find these growing at Crystal Reservoir. It's the first time I have ever seen this flower in person.
According to my field guide, the name "Columbine" comes from the Latin word colum, for "dove," referring to the flower petals resembling a group of birds in flight. This flower is an important nectar source for several hummingbird species in the state.
It's also a plant that's a protected species, so do not pick the flowers or transplant it from its wild habitat. Take a picture (or several) instead.