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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Aquilegia eximia Van Houtte ex Planch.
Van Houtte's columbine, Serpentine columbine
USDA Symbol: aqex
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
CA Native Distribution:
CA Coast Ranges from Mendocino to Ventura Cos. Native Habitat:
Seeps on serpentine soils USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist, serpentine soils.
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:
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
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Record Modified: 2010-09-08
Research By: TWC Staff