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Name: Shaw
Midwest_Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
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Shawwannda
Jul 23, 2016 6:48 PM CST
These tend to grow in our fenced in pool area.
For years, thinking they were weeds I'd pull them out.
In Spring, (early May) of this year I missed this one and after I noticed that I had I just let it grow to see what would transpire.
The ground around our pool area is sandy but some spots have black dirt on top of the sand and grass is growing on top of the black dirt.
These “flowers” are growing in a grassy full sun area close to our pool pump.
Some of the flowers bloomed and fell off and the 2nd bunch of buds did not open but did dry up so I cut a few off and brought them into the house to dry up a bit more.
After they were crispy brown I noticed tiny little black poppy seed type seeds on the paper plate that I had them positioned on to dry.
I saved the seeds to plant next Spring though I doubt that I'll have to plant them because I'm pretty sure that they will come up again.
Some of the ground leaves look "clover-ish" the stems leaves do not, also, the stems are purple-ish.
I’m thinking they are Spring flowers since the buds started drying out when the temps became warmer.
Anyone have an idea as to what these are?
Thanks!
Shaw
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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Jul 23, 2016 6:56 PM CST
Columbine
Name: Amanda
KC metro area, Missouri (Zone 6a)
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pepper23
Jul 23, 2016 6:57 PM CST
Definitely Columbine. Great plant to have!! Hummingbirds love it.
Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jul 23, 2016 7:09 PM CST
And that is an extra nice one with double flowers. They are perennials, meaning they will be back next year.
Name: Shaw
Midwest_Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
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Shawwannda
Jul 23, 2016 8:03 PM CST
Wow Weee how about that, I got me a real plant and not a weed. Hurray!
Is a Columbine considered a wildflower?
If not I'll call mine a volunteer, you know, one of those that a seed blows into your yard and plants itself.
*I think that's what it’s called.* Confused
I looked through the Columbine data base section and came up w/ this.
Clematis-Flowered Columbine (Aquilegia vulgaris 'Black Barlow')
Do you gals think that I guessed correctly?
IE: Attracts Hummingbirds; So does the flower in my profile picture which is also growing in my yard though I don’t know the name of it or what kind of flower it is.
A friend of mine captured these 2 beauties via celly telly when she was visiting.
Thanks for your responses and for the info ladies!!! Green Grin!
Have a great evening!
Shaw
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Jul 23, 2016 8:22 PM CST
I'd say you definitely have yourself a "volunteer" there, Shaw! Smiling

I believe the flower in your profile pic is also a columbine...

you are a regular columbine magnet, it seems! Big Grin
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Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jul 23, 2016 8:27 PM CST
Yep! Another Columbine. Hurray!
Name: Shaw
Midwest_Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
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Shawwannda
Jul 23, 2016 8:55 PM CST
I'm just an ole (Not OLD, LOL.) Columbineologist Magnet. Rolling on the floor laughing
Hee, hee, hee, hee. Green Grin!
Thanks you 2.
Shaw
Name: David Laderoute
Zone 5B/6 - NW MO (Zone 5b)
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DavidLMO
Jul 23, 2016 9:01 PM CST
If in fact your plant is Aquilegia vulgaris 'Black Barlow' it is not a wildflower - i.e. not native at all. It was hybridized and considered a cultivar.

It is considered a short lived perennial and an individual plant will peter out after a few years. Obviously some one (or thing - i.e. a bird) planted it there.

When some thing "pops up" it is often best to let it bloom and see what it is rather than ripping it out.

Since this is short lived you should not dead-head and toss away the seeds, but gather some and toss then about.

BTW - yes there are some Columbine that are natives - i.e. wildflowers. American Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis

You might find this of interest:

https://uswildflowers.com/wfquery.php?State=WI
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Name: Shaw
Midwest_Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
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Shawwannda
Jul 31, 2016 12:09 AM CST
Hello David, nice to meet you!
Appreciate your input AND the link you've shared w/ me.
Both were VERY informative. Thank You!
I've shared the link w/ others, hope you don't mind. Smiling
~"Since this is short lived you should not dead-head and toss away the seeds, but gather some and toss then about."~
Nope, didn't dead-head they are still on the plant in the pool area, I did however save the seeds from the 3 crispy buds that I'd brought into the house and I am going to sow them in a few different places in our yard.
It will be fun to watch them grow, Mother Nature (and those volunteer birds Thumbs up Hilarious! ) is/are so incredible. Green Grin!
Thanks again and have a great Sunday!!
Shaw
Name: David Laderoute
Zone 5B/6 - NW MO (Zone 5b)
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DavidLMO
Aug 1, 2016 8:19 PM CST
Happy to Help. And of course you are welcome to share links or anything I say in a post. Best of luck.
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Name: Laurie Basler
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
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lauriebasler
Aug 8, 2016 1:25 AM CST
I adore Columbine. Fairy Flowers! Hope you enjoy them.

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