Olga Volchkova: St. Aquilegia Formosa Notecard
5 x 7 in. blank notecard with envelope
Olga Volchkova (American, b. Russia 1970)
Saint Aquilegia Formosa, from the Oregon Native Saints Series, 2018
The brilliant orange-red blossoms of columbine shine like little flames on the dark Oregon forest floor in spring. The flowers’ sugary nectar provides long-awaited and welcome food for hummingbirds. Columbine is also a primary habitat for pollinators, including bees and hawk moths. Aptly named, Aquilegia means “water collecting,” formosa means “beautiful,” and columbine means “like a dove.” Columbine is a widely used medicinal plant in European and Native American herbal traditions.