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Aquilegia formosa ‘Western Columbine’

A native wildflower that is commonly found growing in lightly shaded oak or conifer woodlands, stream banks, and seeps. This lovely perennial finds itself at home from as far north as Alaska to as far south as Baja California. (The Aquilegia plants that we are growing are from seed collected in San Luis Obispo County.) Western Columbine is highly adaptable, and can thrive in many different growing conditions - other than very hot, dry locations – but prefers dappled sunlight, afternoon shade, and moist soil. The Sunset Western Climate Zones are A1–A3, 1-11, 14-24.




A member of the Buttercup Family Ranunculaceae, Aquilegia formosa grows 18 – 36 inches tall x 18 inches wide. The dainty, red and yellow flowers are nodding and the spurs are straight. Hummingbirds and Butterflies are attracted to the flowers in spring and in autumn songbirds enjoy the seeds that are produced.




The Genus name “Aquilegia” comes from the Latin word “Aquila”, meaning Eagle. It is believed that the spurred petals resemble an Eagle’s talons. In addition, the Species name, “Formosa” is the Latin word for Beautiful. If that wasn’t enough trivia about this exceptional plant, we’ve got one more for you… The common name “Columbine” is the Latin word for Dove. It is said that it got its name because the inverted flowers look like five Doves clustered together.




We are currently growing Aquilegia formosa ‘Western Columbine’ in one gallon containers. To see photos of these and many more plants we are growing, visit our website clearwatercolor.com, and follow us on Instagram or Facebook to see what happening around the nursery





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