COLORADO BLUE COLUMBINE
Aquilegia caerulea James
Also Called: Rocky mountain columbine.
Flowering Period: June, July, August
Family: Buttercup ( Ranunculaceae )
Height: 24" - 36"
Life Span: perennial
Leaves: Compound, biternate, glabrous leaves with lobed and deeply-cleft leaflets.
Flowers: 5 sepals (generally pale-sky blue), 5 petals (generally whitish) with backwardextending, straight and slender spurs to 2 in. Typically upward-facing flowers, 2 to 3 inches across.
Habitat: Partly shady, moist, well-drained, sandy-loamy, organic rich soil in moderate to montane elevations.
Distribution: Colorado county distribution map can be found here.
Origin: Native to Rocky Mountains
Comments: Aquilegia is the Latin term for eagle; the five flower spurs of this plant resemble eagle talons.