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Name: Lori
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growitall
Mar 27, 2014 8:17 PM CST
@zuzu
The caption says that this plant was photographed in the wild in Alaska. Aquilegia canadensis doesn't occur in Alaska (it's an eastern species); therefore the photo is most likely Aquilegia formosa, the only red-yellow columbine that occurs in Alaska.
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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Mar 27, 2014 8:22 PM CST

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Let's get @Sharon in on this discussion. It's her photo. She traveled to Alaska to set up a memorial garden for a DG member, and it's possible that the plant was imported to Alaska by that member.
Name: Lori
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growitall
Mar 27, 2014 8:42 PM CST
Sure, best to verify that the photo was taken in the wild as the caption states.

Please note, however, that there are differences between A. canadensis and A. formosa besides range.
For comparison:
A. formosa- http://linnet.geog.ubc.ca/Atlas/Atlas.aspx?sciname=Aquilegia...

A. canadensis - http://www.voyageurcountry.com/htmls/floweringplants/plants/...

The plant in the photo looks like A. formosa.
Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Mar 27, 2014 10:37 PM CST
Thanks, @Zuzu .

You are right, the photo was taken during that 10 day trip in 2008 to build Carol's memory garden. In the evenings I was taken into the wilds where I photographed every plant I could find that was unique and unusual to me, in locations around Seward, mostly south of Anchorage. At the time I was told only that it was wild columbine. At the end of the trip one of several gifts to me was a book of Alaska's wildflowers. When I came home I matched my photos to the images and botanical names that appeared in the book.

I suspect Lori is right and it's entirely possible that the error occurred somehow from my end, but I need to look again in the book to be sure. I'll be out of town tomorrow but if you don't mind waiting a day or two, I'll take a look when I return and will let you know what I find. It's been so long I can't tell you much more than that about it.

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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Mar 27, 2014 10:59 PM CST

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I don't mind waiting. Smiling
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Sharon
Mar 28, 2014 10:44 PM CST
Lori's right, Zuzu. Can you change it to read 'Western Columbine' , Aguilegia formosa.

There is another species, Blue Columbine, Aquilegia brevistylla , which is found in Eastern and Southcentral Alaska and in the Yukon Territory. It's smaller than the others and has small lavender and white blooms.

Sorry for the error and glad it can be corrected.
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zuzu
Mar 28, 2014 10:47 PM CST

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It has been moved. Thank you, Sharon. Thank you, Lori. Smiling

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