Blue Columbine
(Aquilegia coerulea)

Family: Buttercup Family
Duration:
Perennial
Sun:
Shade
Soil:
Moist; talus & rocky soils
Water:
Medium
Colour:
Blue
Bloom Time:
June thru August
Planting Time:
Height:
1-3 feet
Locations:
Moist woods; open, mountain meadows
Benefits:
Provides nectar for long-tongued insects and hummingbirds
Seed saving:
ready to collect when seeds in greenish follicles are black
Other notes:
can be susceptible to aphids when grown in open areas; once established, the plant will self-seed; blue colour becomes less pronounced as you travel north or west from Colorado (until flowers are white or cream); flowers found at higher altitudes tend to be more colorful; chilling for 2 months in moist sand will accelerate germination