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Aquilegia vulgaris (Columbine, 'Grannys Nightcap') is a species of Aquilegia'' 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.
Folklore To traditional herbalists columbine was considered sacred to Venus; carrying a posy of it could 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. Howard, Michael. Traditional Herbal Remedies (Century, 1987), p.124
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