Aquilegia formosa

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Aquilegia formosa
Aquilegia formosa
Aquilegia formosa

Botanical Name: Aquilegia formosa
Common Name: Red or Scarlet Columbine

Interesting red and yellow flowers. This heavy bloomer attracts hummingbirds and likes summer water, especially when located in full sun. Deadhead plants to prolong bloom.

Plant Family: Ranunculaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 2-3' H x 1-2' W
Growth Habit: Tall, upright
Deciduous/Evergreen: Drought-deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to: 10 degrees F
Flower Season: April - August
Flower Color: Scarlet with yellow
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: San Bernardino to Shasta County
Natural Habitat: Streambanks, seeps, moist places. Elevation: below 10,000'

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Care and Maintenance

  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: Stems slender and graceful 2 to 3 feet with beautifully escalloped light green leaves. Flowers deep scarlet tipped with yellow. One of the most winsome of native beauties. Likes a moist shady spot. Gallon cans, 35c."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: gardening with California Monocots. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.