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Aquilegia flavescens

Aquilegia flavescens

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Yellow columbine is a North American native wildflower found in mountain meadows, open woods, and the stony slopes of the Rocky Mountains from Utah north to British Columbia and Alberta. The pink-tinged yellow flowers attract butterflies and other pollinators.

Despite its preference for stony slopes, it is easy to grow in the garden, tolerating moist to dry soil in full sun to part shade. Best used in natural landscape or other low maintenance plantings. Self-sows moderately. Deer and rabbit resistant.

WARNING: mildly poisonous to livestock. Contact with sap may irritate the skin.

Zones: 3 to 8

Family: Ranunculaceae

Type: Perennial

Height: 18 to 30 in.

Spread: 9 to 12 in.

Exposure: Full sun, part-shade

Soil Conditions: average

Bloom Time: May to June

Bloom Color: Yellow, Often Soft Pink Tinged Petals

Native Range: the Rocky Mountains from Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Oregon, and Washington north to British Columbia and Alberta

Image Credits:

James St. John, CC BY 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

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