Page author: David Giblin
Aquilegia formosa
red Columbine, Sitka Columbine
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Widely distributed throughout Washington; Alaska south to California, coastal and inland to Alberta and Wyoming.

Habitat: Open woods, lowlands to mid-elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Glandular, glabrous to densely pubescent perennial from a branched to simple woody base, the several stems 1.5-10 dm. tall.

Leaves:

Leaves mostly basal, long-petiolate, the blades triternate; leaflets thin, obovate with a wedge-shaped base, 2-3 times lobed, glaucous and pubescent beneath, 1.5-5.5 cm. long.

Flowers:

Flowers usually several, nodding; sepals 5, petal-like, pale to deep red, oblong-lanceolate, 1.5-2.5 cm. long; petals 5, blades yellow, 2-5 mm long, spurs red, straight 10-15 mm. long; stamens numerous, the inner ones sterile and scale-like.

Fruits:

Follicles 5, 2 cm. long, copiously glandular-puberulent.

Accepted Name:
Aquilegia formosa Fisch. ex DC.
Publication: Prodr. 1: 50. 1824.

Synonyms:
(none provided)
Infraspecies:
var. formosa – red Columbine, Sitka Columbine
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Aquilegia formosa in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Aquilegia formosa checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Aquilegia formosa atlas page.

CalPhotos: Aquilegia formosa photos.

USDA Plants: Aquilegia formosa information.

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