Aquilegia formosa (Western Columbine)


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Plant Description: An upright, tap rooted plant with several spreading stems that can grow to 3 ft tall and just as wide. The blue-green leaves are mainly basal and lobed. Leaves are divided into multiples of three leaflets, with each leaflet also subdivided into 3 smaller lobed leaflets that overlap one another. Several nodding flowers, of deep red-orange and yellow bloom on a mostly leafless stem. Flowers are excellent for use in bouquets. 

  • Height: 1-3ft
  • Watering needs: regular
  • Sun needs: full sun to part shade
  • Soil needs: fertile, moist, well-draining; very low salt tolerance
  • Bloom Time: May to August

Landscape Use and Ecological Function: This native plant can be found in many kinds of habitats including moist meadows, streambanks, oak woodland, mixed-evergreen, or coniferous forest. We recommend planting Western Columbine in rain and woodland gardens as well as in meadowscapes. This plant is a good nectar source for hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies. 

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