Siberian columbine: The 'eagle claw' flower
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In July, the large lilac-blue flowers of the Siberian columbine are in full bloom. The showy flower and its sweet nectar attract flocks of bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. The spurs of the Siberian columbine resemble an eagle's claw, thus the genus name Aquilegia, which is derived from aquila, the Latin word for eagle. 

General information about the Siberian columbine. /CGTN Graphic

General information about the Siberian columbine. /CGTN Graphic

In China, the Siberian columbine inhabits the high-altitude grassy slopes and river banks in the valleys of the Altay Mountains in northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

(Top image by Liu Bing from Luli Studio. The photo was taken at the Altay Mountains in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, northwest China.)