Aquilegia caerulea

Rocky Mountain Columbine

 

Rocky Mountain Columbine is planted for its beautiful blue and white flowers. Native to the higher elevations of the intermountain West, is best suited to mountain gardens and areas of the West with cool nights.

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Zones 3 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Native
Light Requirements
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Annual Rainfall
Average
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Shipping Shipping begins in late February based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first. Learn More…
Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 20811

Details

18" tall x 15" wide (seed propagated). Rocky Mountain Columbine is the state flower of Colorado, and is treasured for its big blue and white flowers. A must for mountain gardeners, this plant is at its best in cool, higher altitude areas of the West. At lower elevations, place in cool shady beds that receive regular watering. Not recommended for hot , humid climates. Campanula rotundifolia makes a fine companion plant.
SKU 20811
Common Name Rocky Mountain Columbine
Botanical Name Aquilegia caerulea
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color Blue, White
Mature Height 18" tall
Mature Spread 15" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil
Soil Moisture Average
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Hummingbirds, Rabbit Resistant, Native
Ideal Region Western Only, Suitable Above 7000 ft
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Spring-Planted Perennial and Bulb orders will ship from February 27-June 30, warmest zones first. Most plant orders will arrive within 3-4 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

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3.5

(based on 6 reviews)

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (4)
  • Hardy (3)
  • Healthy (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (4)
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5.0

Great addition to our naturalized area!

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from Littleton, CO

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Pros

  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about High Country Gardens Aquilegia caerulea:

    I planted six of these in June of 2016 and they bloomed right away. I did not expect them to bloom at all the first year, but they were champs! They continued to bloom into SEPTEMBER! Amazing! We live at about 6000 feet and these are planted in a naturalized area on a north facing slope with no shade, so I was excited that they did so well. I'll be anxious to see how they do in their second season.

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    5.0

    A very pretty shade lover

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    from Denver

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    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Healthy

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      • Garden

      Comments about High Country Gardens Aquilegia caerulea:

      It sits with a yellow columbine in a special place surrounded by some pine and aspen. Seems to be thriving.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Looking Great So Far

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      from Denver, CO

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      • Attractive
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          Comments about High Country Gardens Aquilegia caerulea:

          I planted these late last spring. Denver is marginal for Columbines. We are a bit hotter and lower than they prefer. I planted these on a well drained mound with plenty of drainage, irrigation, and some afternoon shade and crossed my fingers. They bloomed after planting and looked a little stressed during the heat of last summer. But they are blooming and going gangbusters as of Mid may. I think they will make it.

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          4.0

          Just now coming up

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          from Arlington, VT

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          Pros

          • Attractive
          • Hardy

          Cons

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            • Garden
            • Outdoors

            Comments about High Country Gardens Aquilegia caerulea:

            I planted two of these last fall and both have come back this spring. They're both still quite small so I can't say much else at this time.

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            1.0

            Not For Pennsylvania

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            from Tunkhannock, Pa. 18657

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            Comments about High Country Gardens Aquilegia caerulea:

            It didn't grow at all. It is definitely not for the mountains of Pennsylvania.

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            1.0

            Did nto grow

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            from Indiana

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              • Small In Size

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              • Garden

              Comments about High Country Gardens Aquilegia caerulea:

              Will see if comes back next year.

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              USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

              To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

              • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
              • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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