Wild Columbine:
On Rocky Outcrops

By William T. Hathaway

Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

The Wild Columbine is listed as one of the top ten native wildflowers to be regarded with wonder. Fortunately, it is well established in scattered sites throughout Pittsylvania County. During April-July the beautiful red blossoms may be seen nodding from the outreaching stems of the plant.

Steep, rocky, woodland slopes are a favorite habitat for the Wild Columbine. All of the sites that I have witnessed were in open, rocky exposures not far from a river or stream. Since the Wild Columbine is fairly common in rocky outcrops throughout Pittsylvania County, I consider it one of the royal members of our local wildflower species.

The photograph was taken in June of 1974 (see also a larger rendition of the photo). The drawing below was created for the purpose of a clearer rendition in the 2004 newspaper article.

Wild Columbine