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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

About plant names...

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:

Eastern Colorado Wildflowers

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Wildflowers, Ferns & Trees of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah

The USDA Plants Database

The U.S. Forest Service Celebrating Wildflowers site

in Paghat's Garden

Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants



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 × 2½" (10 × 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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