Aquilegia coerulea James
Aquilegia caerulea James orth. var.
This columbine is native to the Rocky Mountains, and it is Colorado’s state flower.
Identification: Plants grow 12-36" (30-91 cm) high. This is a highly variable plant. Although it is commonly blue, the flowers also appear pale yellow, white, pale pink, and bicolored. Cultivars are available in many more color variations. Leaves are dark green; purple, maroon, or pink in the fall.
Edibility: Poisonous All parts of this plant are poisonous if ingested.
Aquilegia coerulea on Eastern Colorado Wildflowers
Aquilegia coerulea at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Aquilegia coerulea on Wildflowers, Ferns & Trees of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah
Aquilegia coerulea on the USDA Plants Database
Aquilegia coerulea at the U.S. Forest Service Celebrating Wildflowers site
Aquilegia coerulea in Paghat's Garden
Aquilegia coerulea on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants
Aquilegia coerulea on CalPhotos
Aquilegia coerulea on eFloras
Aquilegia coerulea description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.