Aquilegia formosa

California Columbine

Plant family: Ranunculaceae - Buttercup


Plant type: Sub-shrub

Plant origin: N/A, California

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Flower Color Red, Yellow
Blooming Season Spring, Summer
Height 1-2 feet, 2-3 feet
Spread 1-5 feet
Sun / Shade   
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Wildlife Friendliness Rating
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Freshwater Wetlands, Riparian, Woodland/Forest

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Clay, Serpentine

Special Characteristic

Tolerant of Clay Soil, Tolerates Hard Frost

Plant Highlights

Plant a few of these columbines to add beautiful color to a shady corner or woodland effect garden. You'll be pleased by the delicate gray-green foliage which is almost like a maidenhair fern, then you'll delight in the bright red and yellow flowers. These cheerful blooms attract the hummingbirds, and if you leave a few seed heads on the plant the songbirds will visit. Columbine will be easy to grow if you provide ample water, but avoid waterlogged soils. For best appearance you should prune back the flower stems once a year. This plant has smaller flowers and more delicate foliage as compared to aquilegia eximia. This species grows naturally in creeks or on a north slope in rocky seeps. You'll love the way it brightens a shady corner or adds color to a woodland effect garden. Plant with other shade/part-shade plants such as coffeeberry, ferns, heucheras, and ribes.

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