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Aquilegia elegantula (Western red columbine)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Aquilegia elegantula

Aquilegia elegantula Greene

Western Red Columbine

Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)


USDA Symbol: aqel

USDA Native Status: L48 (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
Leaf Pubescence: Glabrous
Fruit Type: Follicle
Size Notes: Up to about 2 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Yellow , Green
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul


USA: AZ , CO , NM , UT
Native Distribution: Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico, with separate populations in Coahuila and Nuevo Leon in northern Mexico

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Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

Mr. Smarty Plants says

Alternative names for Aquilegia Sanguinaria
May 03, 2006
I am looking for the common name for a flower called Aquilegia Sanguinaria. Can you help? Does this even exist?
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From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2016-09-12
Research By: TWC Staff

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