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Aquilegia coerulea James


KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassMagnoliidaeIncludes magnolias, nutmeg, bay laurel, cinnamon, avocado, black pepper, and many others
OrderRanunculalesBasal (evolved earlier) eudicots, also called “true dicots”
FamilyRanunculaceaeButtercup family
GenusAquilegiaFrom Latin aquila, or “eagle,” for the flower’s resemblence to an eagle’s claw

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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.

Aquilegia coerulea (columbine)

By Josef F. Stuefer.

Edibility: Poisonous Skull & Crossbones All parts of this plant are poisonous if ingested.

Online References:

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 caerulea James orth. var.


Aquilegia coerulea description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Aquilegia coerulea (columbine)

6/2/2009 · Zion National Park, Utah
≈ 4 × 3" (10.0 × 7.3 cm) ID is uncertain

Aquilegia coerulea (columbine)

11/27/2009 · Ouray, Colorado · By Constance B. Kent ID is uncertain


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