We've been experiencing a bit of rain in Chicago these past few days and one benefit from it is the seedlings that have emerged or have been given a boost by extra water. I was taking advantage of the fact that the soil is saturated with water and pulling weeds is relatively easy when I spotted a couple of seedlings. One of the seedlings I spotted amongst the weeds is this columbine seedling.
I'm guessing that is it either an early sprout from the dark columbine that I already have growing in my garden or some birds brought seeds from a plant somewhere nearby. I guess I'll have to wait until it blooms to be sure. But if you're wondering what columbine seedlings or the columbine flower leaves look like I hope this picture of a columbine in my garden helps you identify your own. If your columbine flower leaves have squiggly lines then it is probably being attacked by leaf miner bugs. Collecting columbine flowers seeds is a really simple way to propagate this perennial in your garden.