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Aquilegia jonesii (Jones' columbine)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Aquilegia jonesii

Aquilegia jonesii Parry

Jones' Columbine, Blue Limestone Columbine

Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)



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

A low, tufted perennial with numerous delicate leaves. Leaflets are crowded and deeply cleft, usually covered with a whitish coating. Erect, spurred flowers usually occur singly on leafless stems and are deep blue to purplish. The entire plant is usually less than 8 in. tall.

As is characteristic of plants growing in limestone, this columbine does not transplant successfully. It is also rare; those fortunate enough to find it must leave it for others to enjoy.

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
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug


Canada: AB
Native Distribution: S. Alt., s. along the Continental Divide to n.w. WY
Native Habitat: Subalpine rock crevices & scree slopes

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Limestone.
Conditions Comments: Cannot be successfully transplanted.

Find Seed or Plants

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

Additional resources

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


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

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