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Aquilegia chrysantha

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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

Height: 1'-3'

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

Flowers of Aquilegia chrysantha (golden columbine)
  • Flowers of Aquilegia chrysantha (golden columbine)
  • Flowers of Aquilegia chrysantha (golden columbine)
  • Flowers of Aquilegia chrysantha (golden columbine)
  • Flowers of Aquilegia chrysantha (golden columbine)

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Aquilegia chrysantha

Also known as:

golden columbine


yellow columbine


canary yellow columbine

Scientific Synonyms:


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.

Additional Notes

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

Native Range:

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Salvage Restricted: AZ


Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Magnoliidae
Order Ranunculales
Family Ranunculaceae Buttercup family
Genus Aquilegia columbine
Species Aquilegia chrysantha golden columbine