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Western Columbine

  • Scientific Name: Aquilegia formosa
  • Garden: Wildlife Garden
  • Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennial
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous
  • Sun/Shade Exposure: Part Shade
  • Moisture Requirements: Dry

Plant Information

Western Columbine is a wonderful native wildflower that forms almost permanent colonies in part shade. 20″ stems support pendant flowers of vivid orange and yellow. Blooms April-June. Rich, well-drained sites that retain moisture in part shade. Little summer water once established. Finely divided, blue-green leaves are pretty as well. Excellent perennial for naturalizing in part shade and cool environs. Often seen living in a basin of moss and this may be repeated in the garden. Self-sows and blue green foliage is distinctive almost immediately. Long-lived when established. Associated plants are Sidalcea campestris, Symphoricarpos albus, Tellima grandiflora. Works well with smaller ferns too. Oregon native plant.

Biome: Dry Shade, Low Water/No Water, Oregon Coast, Western Native, Willamette Valley Natives
USDA Hardiness zone: Zn4a -25º to -30ºF
Foliage color: Gray-green
Foliage season: Winter Deciduous

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AQFO Full, AQFO Flower, AQFO Leaves (©2022 Cheri Moland)