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Aquilegia eximia (Van houtte's columbine)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Aquilegia eximia

Aquilegia eximia Van Houtte ex Planch.

Van Houtte's columbine, Serpentine columbine

Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: AQEX

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A 2-3 ft. perennial with three-parted, lobed, gray-green leaves and very showy, nodding, spurred, red and yellow flowers.

The genus name Aquilegia comes from the Latin aquila which means eagle and refers to the spurred petals that many believe resemble an eagles talons.

The flowers attract hummingbirds.

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Flower:
Fruit:
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug

Distribution

USA: CA
Native Distribution: CA Coast Ranges from Mendocino to Ventura Cos.
Native Habitat: Seeps on serpentine soils

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist, serpentine soils.

Propagation

Description: Easily propagated by seed.
Seed Collection: Seeds may ripen and be shed before the pod has turned brown. If seeds in greenish follicles are black, they are ready to collect. Cut the fruiting stalk and keep in a dry bag for a few days until the seeds shake free.
Seed Treatment: Seeds require no pretreatment.
Commercially Avail: yes

National Wetland Indicator Status

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: OBL OBL
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Suppliers Directory

According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:

Oregon Native Plant Nursery - Woodburn, OR

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA

Additional resources

USDA: Find Aquilegia eximia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Aquilegia eximia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Aquilegia eximia

Metadata

Record Last Modified: 2010-09-08
Research By: TWC Staff

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