Western Columbine is a pretty plant that has had many uses by native Californians.
The mashed fresh roots can be rubbed briskly on aching rheumatic joints. A poultice of chewed roots or leaves can be applied to bee stings & sores.
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• Rich in nectar, some people eat the flowers & add them to salads
• The seeds are aromatic & have been crushed and rubbed on the body as a perfume
• They are also used to rid the hair of lice.