Colombine ABeautiful and Delicate Perennial Flower

Columbine
Another favorite is the herbaceous perennial, the columbine with its pastel like coloring of yellow, lavender, and pink. The species are known for their distinctive flowers which are generally bell shaped.
Several species are found in gardens to include the European Columbine, an established garden flower in many parts of the globe. They are easy to proliferate from seed.
Native Americans use to consume flowers of various Columbine species as a condiment with other fresh greens. This was done in moderation. They are reported to be very sweet and safe if consumed in small quantities. The remainder of the plant, seeds and roots, are highly poisonous, containing carcinogenic toxins. These toxins induce both severe gastroenteritis and heart palpitations. However, a minute amount of the root is effective for treating ulcers. Due to its high toxicity this plant should be avoided for medical use because columbine poisonings may be fatal.

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