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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Plant Events from our members
robertduval14 On May 24, 2016 Bloomed
MrsBinWY On March 16, 2019 Seeds germinated
MrsBinWY On February 16, 2019 Seeds sown
germination test of Seed Library's back stock: 25 seeds (2017G) in milk jug in cold sun room; moved to room temp~3-12-19
MrsBinWY On January 5, 2019 Seeds sown
WS eight (8x5) 2.25" pots, seeds from 2017G.
MrsBinWY On November 25, 2017 Seeds sown
Experiment: Eight (8) 2.25" pots in garden hoop, seeds from 2017G (some ssp. alba in these). All went to 5-12-18 Plant Sale as starter plants.
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