Wild Columbine - Aquilegia canadensis
A gorgeous, nodding, red and yellow flower with upward spurred petals that alternate with spreading sepals and numerous yellow stamens that hang below the petals.
I found this patch growing on a slope in a deciduous forest.
The genus name comes from the Latin word "Aquila" for eagle, referring to the talon-like shape of the nectar spurs on the flower. This plant is very attractive to long-tongued insects!
''Aquilegia canadensis'' is an herbaceous perennial native to woodland and rocky slopes in eastern North America, prized for its red and yellow flowers. It readily hybridizes with other species in the genus ''Aquilegia''.