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AQUILEGIA jonesii

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Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Ranunculaceae

Botanical Name

AQUILEGIA jonesii

Plant Common Name

Blue Limestone Columbine, Jone's Columbine

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

The rare blue limstone columbine is an alpine, small, herbaceous perennial native to the Rocky Mountains in southern Alberta, Montana and Wyoming in westcentral North America. In its native habitat it's found in rocky crevices and screes in the higher mountain elevations. It has low, compact mounded habit and curiously elegant in and out of bloom.

In midsummer, it produces dainty, blue-violet to purple flowers with spurred nectaries that remain tucked in the tufts of foliage below. The leaves are cute, tiny crinkled clusters or tufts of blue-green.

Blue limestone columbine grows best in moist, but well-drained, alkaline soil and partial sun. It can be short-lived but self-sows gently and will naturalize slowly over time. As it will not transplant, it is not to be disturbed in the wild and should be grown from seed; sow it directly in the location it is to remain. Plant this columbine in any non-acidic rock garden or small alpine trough with gritty soil and organic matter. Bees are highly attracted to its nectar-rich flowers.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    2 - 7

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    5"-8" / 12.7cm - 20.3cm

  • Width

    6"-9" / 15.2cm - 22.9cm

  • Bloom Time

    Summer

  • Native To

    North America, Western United States, Canada, Europe, Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Purple, Indigo, Blue Violet

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Sea Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Blue Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Alpine, Container, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes