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Aquilegia eximia Van Houtte ex Planch.
Van Houtte's Columbine, Serpentine Columbine
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)
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 eagle's talons.
The flowers attract hummingbirds.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
Native Distribution: CA Coast Ranges from Mendocino to Ventura Cos.
Native Habitat: Seeps on serpentine soils
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist, serpentine soils.
PropagationDescription: 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
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Aquilegia eximia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Aquilegia eximia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Aquilegia eximia
MetadataRecord Modified: 2019-12-03
Research By: TWC Staff