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Blue Columbine

Aquilegia brevistyla

Family:

Ranunculaceae

A beautiful flower reminiscent of both the dove (columbine) and the eagle (aquilegia) 

Woodland garden

Woodland garden

Meadow or Grassland garden

Meadow / Grassland garden

Pollinator garden

Pollinator garden

poisonous

poisonous

Details

Emerges 

May

Seed collection

Flowers

May, June, July

white flowers

White

blue flowers

Blue

June, July

Lifecycle

Perennial

Lifespan

short-lived

Height

20

-

80

cm

Width

5

-

20

cm

Habit

Forbs

Upright

Upright

Taproot

Taproot

Ecology

Supports

Supports bees

Bees

Supports butterflies and moths

Butterflies & Moths

Supports humingbirds

Hummingbirds

Providing

Provides nectar source

Nectar source

The nectar in this beautiful flower is contained in the long spurs that face back toward the stem, so it will only be pollinated by long-tongued insects such as butterflies and some native bees. Hummingbirds also visit columbines.

Habitat

Typically found in

open woods, meadows

Moist woods and meadows, often found in mossy areas.

In the Garden

Growing Conditions

Moisture

Moist conditions

Moist

Light

Partial sun

Part sun

Soil

Average garden soil, Rocky

Propagation

Via

Seeds

Seeds

Self-seeding

Self-seeding

Sowing Recommendations

High or easy germination

Landscape

Use for:

Middle of bed placement

Middle of bed

Naturalization

Naturalization

Growing Tips

Description

All plants in the Ranunculaeae (Buttercup) family contain an unstable substance called ranunculin. If the leaves or stem are broken, the ranuculin breaks down and produces a toxin that is irritating to the skin.

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