Herb: Fan Columbine
Latin name: Aquilegia flabellata
Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)
Edible parts of Fan Columbine:Leaves - cooked. They must be thoroughly boiled. Caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity. Flowers - raw. Sweet and delightful, they make a very attractive addition to mixed salads and can also be used as a thirst-quenching munch in the garden. The flowers are also used as a tea substitute.
Description of the plant:
(11 3/4 inch)
Habitat of the herb:Scrub in the alpine regions of C. and N. Japan.
Other uses of Fan Columbine:The seed is used as a parasiticide to rid the hair of lice.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. The seed can be slow to germinate. 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.
Cultivation of Fan Columbine:Scrub in the alpine regions of C. and N. Japan.
Medicinal use of the herb:None known
Known hazards of Aquilegia flabellata: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.
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.