Aquilegia jonesii Parry
Jones' Columbine, Blue Limestone Columbine
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)
USDA Symbol: AQJO
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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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: MT , WY
Native Distribution: S. Alt., s. along the Continental Divide to n.w. WY
Native Habitat: Subalpine rock crevices & scree slopes
Growing ConditionsWater 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 resourcesUSDA: Find Aquilegia jonesii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Aquilegia jonesii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Aquilegia jonesii
MetadataRecord Modified: 2010-09-08
Research By: TWC Staff