The columbine is a very sought after plant for its unique flower and leaf forms. Dispersed throughout the Northern Hemisphere areas of the world, this clump forming perennial is at home in open woodlands, mountainous areas, and meadows. The divided leaves are broke down in 2 to 3 lobes, are bluish green in color, and held nicely above the ground. In spring and early summer flowers of a variety of colors and forms are borne over top the basal rosette of leaves. This genus contains many exciting and unique cultivars that shine in the shade.