Rocky Mountain Columbine (Aquilegia coerulea) in the Columbines Database

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Common names:
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Botanical names:
Aquilegia coerulea Accepted
Aquilegia leptocera Synonym
Aquilegia caerulea Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Plant Height: 18 inches
Plant Spread: 12 inches
Leaves: Variegated
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Bi-Color: Yellow or White trumpet
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger


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Posted by Skiekitty (Denver Metro - Zone 5a) on Dec 15, 2011 11:00 AM

The two pictures here are from actually 2 different columbines. The purplish/white is the "Colorado Blue" columbine. The blue/yellow is a different columbine. Mine grew to only about 16" tall and about 12" this year. Xeric plants. They're in more full sun than my other columbines.

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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Jan 15, 2012 3:22 PM

State flower of Colorado. If found picking or harming the flower there, you may be levied a stiff fine.
Flower is pollinated by hummingbirds, moths, and butterflies. Pollinators need a long tongue to reach the nectar.

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