(Aquilegia brevistyla)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Aquilegia brevistyla
Ranunculaceae

The seed is used as a parasiticide to rid the hair of lice[172].

  • Medicinal Use

    Antispasmodic, diaphoretic, parasiticide, resolvent and salve[172].

  • Edible Use

    Flowers – raw. Sweet and delightful[172], they make a very attractive addition to mixed salads and can also be used as a thirst-quenching munch in the garden[K].

  • Cautionary Notes

    Although no records of toxicity have been seen for this species, it belongs to a family that contains a number of mildly toxic species. It is therefore wise to exercise some caution. The flowers are probably perfectly safe to eat.

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. The seed can be slow to germinate[200]. Stored seed can be sown in late winter in a cold frame. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer. Division in spring[200].
Succeeds in ordinary garden soil, preferring a moist but not wet soil and a sunny position[1]. Intolerant of heavy clay[200]. Most species are short-lived, dying out after 2 – 3 years, though they usually produce seed prolifically[200]. However, they are very apt to hybridize with other members of the genus and so it becomes difficult to keep a species true to type if more than one is grown in the garden[200]. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233]. A greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes[54].
North-western N. America – Alberta to Alaska and southwards.

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