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Golden Columbine

Aquilegia chrysantha

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Moderate-high
Sun Partial shade, shade
Pollinators Hummingbirds, butterflies
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
1-3' × 1-2'
Freeze Tolerant Yes
Flowering Season April-September
Flower Color Yellow
Minimum Temperature Range -15 °F
Leaf Description Made of three leaflets (triternate)
Fruit A dry pod with many small black seeds
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Elevation Range 3000-11000 ft.
Description Found in moist, mountainous areas around the state, golden columbine is a stunning wildflower for well watered garden beds. Due to its wide natural distribution golden columbine can theoretically be grown throughout the state, but in lower, hotter areas like Tucson, Phoenix, and Yuma plants will require shade and abundant moisture. At higher elevations columbines will prefer light shade but will be fairly drought tolerant. At lower elevations, try pairing with Sierra Madre lobelia (Lobelia laxiflora) and Arizona milkweed (Asclepias angustifolia). At higher elevations in Arizona consider interplanting with cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis), and Coral Bells (Heuchera sanguinea)