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 2 -45.6 °C (-50 °F) to -42.8 °C (-45°F)
Plant Height: 12-36 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: Red and yellow, or red with a white throat.
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
Common names
  • Western Columbine
  • Columbine
  • Crimson Columbine
  • Scarlet Columbine
  • Red Columbine
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Aquilegia formosa
  • Synonym: Aquilegia formosa var. hypolasia
  • Synonym: Aquilegia formosa var. pauciflora
  • Synonym: Aquilegia shockleyi

  • Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Jan 21, 2019 10:18 AM concerning plant:
    Native in the Pacific NW, found in moist open to shady meadows, rocky slopes, clearings. I call this Rainy Pass columbine, which seems to be a good spot for them to grow. The milky sap of the roots can be macerated and put on wounds to help form a scar; other parts of the plant may be used for diarrhea, dizziness, and aching joints. The common name is derived from columbina, which means 'dove like' to describe the flowers.
Discussion Threads about this plant
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Not Aquilegia canadensis by growitall Mar 28, 2014 10:47 PM 6

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