Page authors: Don Knoke, David Giblin
Aquilegia flavescens
yellow columbine

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to Oregon, east to the Rocky Mountains.

Habitat: Moist mountain meadows and talus to alpine slopes

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Glandular, glabrous to densely pubescent perennial from a branched to simple woody base, the several stems 2-7.5 dm. tall.


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 usually several, nodding; sepals 5, petal-like, yellow, oblong-lanceolate, 1.5-2.5 cm. long; petals 5, yellow, with slender, incurved spurs 10-15 mm. long, the blades 6-13 mm. long; stamens numerous, the inner ones sterile and scale-like.


Follicles usually 5, glandular-pubescent, 2 cm. long, the tips spreading.