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Aquilegia brevistyla (Smallflower columbine)
Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn

Aquilegia brevistyla

Aquilegia brevistyla Hook.

Smallflower Columbine

Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N)

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


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Follicle
Size Notes: Up to about 30 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow , Blue
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AK , MN , MT , SD , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , SK

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Butterflies , Hummingbirds
Larval Host: Columbine Duskywing (Erynnis lucilius)

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

Columbine Duskywing
(Erynnis lucilius)

Larval Host
Learn more at BAMONA


Bibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright

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Additional resources

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


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

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