Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: part-sun, part-shade
Water Use: low, medium
Soil Moisture: dry, moist
Soil Description: neutral, alkaline, average, loam, sand
Bloom Time: March, April, May
Bloom Color: yellow
Leaf Color: green, blue-green
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9
Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts birds, attracts butterflies, attracts hummingbirds, colonizing, cottage garden plant, fragrant flowers, naturalizing, ornamental foliage
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Aquilegia chrysanthaAlso known as:
canary yellow columbine
A gardening classic, the columbine has a delicate yet alien appearance due to its rear facing spurs and forward facing stamens. The yellow columbine has lightly fragrant flowers and attractive, blue-green foliage and will grow up to a height of 3 feet.
While native to a limited range of the Southwestern US, Aquilegia chrysantha is a highly adaptable species that will perform admirably just about anywhere. Heavy, poorly drained soils should be avoided. It will tolerate full sun in cooler climate and higher elevation. Under dry summer conditions the foliage may begin to deteriorate, but the plant may be cut back hard to encourage new growth. A spring bloomer; March to May. Zones 6-9
This plant is very easy to propagate from seed. It will also self seed freely and naturalize under ideal conditions. Columbines prefer to be left undisturbed but may be divided carefully in spring.
Any columbine will hybridize readily when in proximity of a different columbine species. If a pure strain is desired, it is best to keep different species as far apart as possible, or even not mix them at all.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AZ, CO, NM, TX, UT
USDA Endangered Status:
- Salvage Restricted: AZ
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