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Aquilegia formosa


Aquilegia formosa has delicate lantern-shaped flowers and is adaptable to a variety of sun or part shade areas, attracting pollinators and hummingbirds.

The graceful nodding red-orange and yellow flowers of Aquilegia formosa dangle like tiny lanterns in the breeze are considered good luck. It is adaptable for humus soils or rocky and steep areas in sun or part shade. Columbine was considered a love medicine plant, and the seeds can be crushed to make perfume or stored in a sachet. The plant is considered to be deer resistant.

Common Name: Western Columbine

Family: Ranunculaceae (The Buttercup Family)

Zone Hardiness: 3-8

Light: Full Sun, Part Sun, Part Shade

Height: 12-24"

Width: 8-12"

Primary Bloom Colour: Orange

Secondary Bloom Colour: Orange

Class: Deciduous

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Spring - Summer

Soil Moisture: Average, Moist

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No

Berries: No

Benefits: Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds

Deer Resistant: Yes

BC Native: Yes

Native Habitat: Mesic to moist meadows, rocky slopes, thickets, clearings, roadsides and open forests in all zones except alpine.


Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - North America

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