Gerald L. Klingaman
(Golden Columbine, Yellow Queen Columbine)
Columbine ‘Yellow Queen’ is a selection of Aquilegia chrysantha, a species native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. It features large, fragrant, soft-yellow flowers adorned with long, curving, reflexed spurs, which bloom in spring atop tall, well-branched stems. The showy blossoms are displayed high above compact, fern-like, mounds of foliage, and will continue to appear throughout most of the summer if faded flower stems are cut back regularly.
(Hinckley's Golden Columbine)
The hinckleyana variety of golden columbine is indigenous to the Big Bend area of Texas. In the spring, fragrant and showy cup-like lemon yellow flowers with long, curving spurs are produced in mass. If deadheaded, it will rebloom throughout the summer. Its ferny bluish-green mound of foliage will stay attractve all season if kept evenly moist in well-drained soils and shaded from the hot sun. Golden columbine reseeds freely and will cross-pollinate with other columbines, so variations in flowers...
(Hinckley's Golden Columbine, Texas Gold Columbine)
The hinckleyana variety of golden columbine is indigenous to the Big Bend area of Texas. In the spring, 'Texas Gold' comes alive with fragrant and showy cup-like golden yellow flowers with long, curving spurs. If deadheaded, it will rebloom throughout the summer. Its ferny bright green mound of foliage will stay attractive all season if kept evenly moist in well-drained soils and shaded from the hot sun. Golden columbine reseeds freely and will cross-pollinate with other columbines, so variations...
Ernst Benary® Inc.
(Benary's Special Columbine, Colorado Blue Columbine)
As the state flower of Colorado, this beautiful blue and white-flowered perennial offers outstanding color to early summer borders. It is native to a large part of the American west where it thrives in the woodlands of the Rockies and other mountain ranges. Its clumps of are lush and pretty when they first appear in spring. The blue-green leaves are three-parted and have a texture similar to that of maidenhair fern. While plants are attractive during the blooming season, the leaves die back when...
Gerald L. Klingaman
In scale for a fairy's landscape, Spanish columbine is a dwarf herbaceous perennial native to the Cantabrian Mountains of northern Spain. In its native habitat it's found in moist sunny outcroppings in the higher mountain elevations, ideal for woodland-rockery gardens. It has a mounding habit and is delicate looking when in bloom.
From late spring to early summer, its very short stems bear dainty, nodding, light blue-violet flowers with prominent spurred nectaries and white petals. These are subtended...
James H. Schutte
(Western Red Columbine)
Western red columbine is a natural wildflower for forested landscapes in the west. This species is found in the mountains from Colorado to Utah and southward into Arizona and New Mexico. It is a moderately hardy herbaceous perennial that has yet to become common in cultivation. Overall, this columbine is similar to its eastern cousin, Aquilegia canadensis, but the plant and flowers are smaller, the nodding blooms arguably more elegant, and the floral spurs more dominant.
Michael Charters, www.calflora.net
A larger look-alike of Canadian columbine (Aquilegia canadensis), the easy to grow western columbine is an airy, herbaceous perennial native to the western United States, Canada, and Mexico. In its native habitat it's found in rich moist forests, so it's quite shade tolerant and ideal for naturalistic woodland gardens. It has an open habit and elegant blooms.
Ferny clumps of lacy, three-parted leaves appear in spring, dying back to a few wisps in summer. In late spring to early summer,...
(Columbine, Laramie Columbine)
Delicate, short-spurred, greenish white flowers cover this compact Native American columbine in summer. A rare alpine species that exists only in the Laramie Mountains, a Wyoming mountain group on the eastern edge of the Rockies, Laramie columbine thrives in moist, rocky crevices along open mountain faces. This is a species of concern, so be sure you obtain plants from reliable vendors offering nursery-grown stock.
Columbines are hardy, clump-forming perennials with thin, delicate leaves that...