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Aquilegia vulgaris
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Ranunculaceae
Genus: Aquilegia
Species: A. vulgaris
Binomial name
Aquilegia vulgaris

Aquilegia vulgaris (European Columbine, Common Columbine or Granny's Nightcap) is a species of columbine native to Europe. It is a herbaceous perennial plant growing to 1.2 m tall, with branched, thinly hairy stems. The leaves are pinnate, with the basal leaflets themselves trifoliate.


In traditional herbalism columbine was considered sacred to Venus; carrying a posy of it was said arouse the affections of a loved one. Nicholas Culpeper recommended it to ease the pains of childbirth. In modern herbal medicine it is used as an astringent and diuretic.[1]

Various parts of the plant have been used in the past to cure diarrhoea, to promote perspiration to help in childbirth and to alleviate rheumatic pains; but this plant is a member of the all-poisonous Ranunculus family, and it should not be experimented with. However, dried crushed seeds, made into a dusting powder, will kill lice very effectively. (The Wild Garden by Lys De Bray)


  1. ^ Howard, Michael. Traditional Herbal Remedies (Century, 1987), p.124


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From Wikispecies

Aquilegia vulgaris


Classification System: APG II (down to family level)

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Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiospermae
Cladus: Eudicots
Ordo: Unassigned Eudicots
Ordo: Ranunculales
Familia: Ranunculaceae
Subfamilia: Isopyroideae
Tribus: Isopyreae
Subtribus: Isopyrineae
Genus: Aquilegia
Species: Aquilegia vulgaris


Aquilegia vulgaris L.


Vernacular names

Deutsch: Gemeine Akelei
Nederlands: Gewone akelei
Türkçe: Adi hasekiküpesi
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