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Jan 23, 2014 2:05 PM

Flower or Weed Identification?

Can anyone help me to identify this yellow plant? It appeared in my garden about three years ago, when I took this image. It has not appeared since, so I don't know if it was an annual flower or just a very striking looking weed. Whichever it us, it has given me what I think is a good photo, from my garden. I would be more than pleased if someone could help me out. Many thanks.   Lumix

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    Jan 23, 2014 4:56 PM (in response to Lumix)
    Re: Flower or Weed Identification?

    Hello, your plant is an Aquilegia - Columbine is the lovely Shakesperian common name. The native species Aquilegia vulgaris has blue flowers but there are many garden species which this is probably one of.  It is a perennial but also propagates readily from seed so you are unlucky to have lost it - though it needs some bare ground to establish in! It is actually a member of the buttercup family, though the flower shape is quite different! Best wishes from Dr M

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      Jan 23, 2014 8:43 PM (in response to Dr M)
      Re: Flower or Weed Identification?

      Lumix,

       

      I concur with Dr M. It is a garden form of Aquilegia vulgaris. One would not be able to be more specific that that because the plants hybridize and revert, so even if a particular cultivar had been planted, its offspring (perhaps several generations later) could be different.

      The seeds are produced in quite large numbers, but as Dr. M says they favour bare ground for germination and successful growth. Like many seeds, they can remain in the soil for many years before chance (perhaps aided by man or worms) brings them into a situation suitable for their germination and growth. So the parent plants may have disappeared years ago.

       

      Nice photo.

      If I may, I would suggest that the dark background could be improved by turning it completely black (using levels in Photoshop for instance). And a tigher crop would improve impact.

       

      Mike

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