Western Columbine

Aquilegia formosa

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.