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Aquilegia caerulea, L
From latin, aquilegium means water vessel, container. The popular name, Columbine, is from the Latin columba (a dove or pigeon), from the idea that the flowers resemble a flight of these birds
Eng: colorado blue columbine, rocky mountain coloumbine
Plantae; Spermatophyta, Angiospermae - Flowering Plants; Dicotyledonae; Polycarpicae (Magnoliidae); Ranunculales; Ranunculaceae - Buttercup Family
Barbara Seideneck, Boulder, CO, 2006-2008
Description of the substance
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The Colorado Blue Columbine (Caerulea) is generally described as a perennial forb/herb. This is native to the U.S. (United States) has its most active growth period in the spring and summer . The Colorado Blue Columbine (Caerulea) has green foliage and inconspicuous blue flowers, with a moderate amount of conspicuous brown fruits or seeds. The greatest bloom is usually observed in the late spring, with fruit and seed production starting in the spring and continuing until summer. Leaves are not retained year to year. The Colorado Blue Columbine (Caerulea) has a short life span relative to most other plant species and a moderate growth rate. At maturity, the typical Colorado Blue Columbine (Caerulea) will reach up to 2 feet high, with a maximum height at 20 years of 0 inches.
The Colorado Blue Columbine (Caerulea) is easily found in nurseries, garden stores and other plant dealers and distributors. It can be propagated by seed. It has a moderate ability to spread through seed production and the seedlings have medium vigor. Note that cold stratification is not required for seed germination and the plant cannot survive exposure to temperatures below -28°F. has low tolerance to drought and restricted water conditions.
Aquilegia caerulea is the state flower of Colorado. It is also a popular ornamental plant in gardens, with numerous cultivars selected for different flower colors.
It is not fussy about soil pH but prefers a humusy acidic soil. It likes best dappled shade & persistent moisture. As a mountain species found at five to nine thousand foot elevations, it can be delicate if overheated at sea-level, & needs a cool area in the garden. It is a realtively short-lived perennial so it can be a good idea to save seed to re-start the plant in coldframes or unheated greenhouse.
The spurs contain nectar much loved by butterflies which uncoil their long tongues to reach to the very bottom of each spur. The blooms also make a sweet addition to salads, just as do nasturtiums.