The wild columbine can be found in rocky areas throughout the Mont Saint-Hilaire Biosphere Reserve. Its flower is adorned with five long spurs each of which contains a drop of nectar.
Some insects, unable to extract the nectar by other means, may go so far as to make holes in the spurs. Its blossoms are known to attract hummingbirds. Wild columbine is the symbol of sorrow, but also of madness—perhaps due to its resemblance to the hats worn by king’s fools in the royal courts of yesteryear.