Aquilegia desertorum

Arizona Columbine

Arizona Columbine is a favorite around here with its profusion of small, bright orange and yellow flowers. Blooms all summer when dead-headed regularly. It is native to the middle elevations of Coconino Country in Arizona and is very amenable to non-mountain climates.

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Zones 5 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Native
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
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", 40 to 50"
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Summer
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 20816

Details

18" tall x 15" wide (seed propagated). Arizona Columbine is a favorite around here with its profusion of small bright orange-yellow flowers. The amount of orange in the outer petals is variable. Even the dry, hot summer weather didn't shorten the 3 month blooming season. Like Golden Spur Columbine, Arizona Columbine comes down from the mountains into the middle elevations of Coconino Co. in north central Arizona and is more amenable to non-mountain climates. Shade is a must in hot desert climates.
SKU 20816
Common Name Arizona Columbine
Botanical Name Aquilegia desertorum
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color Orange
Mature Height 18" tall
Mature Spread 15" wide
Bloom Time Summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil
Soil Moisture Average
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Hummingbirds, Rabbit Resistant, Native, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Ideal Region Western Only
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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Growing beautifully in humid Kentucky

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from Louisville, Ky

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  • Attractive
  • Hardy

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Aquilegia desertorum:

    Contrary to its "Western only" rating here, this plant has thrived in my hot and humid Kentucky garden. I have heavy clay soil but mine are on slopes which may help drainage. It does best for me in bright shade but performs in full sun as well. It usually blooms just after vulgaris. I crossed this plant with a lively violet A. vulgaris with fantastic results. I think this plant will prove easier and hardier than assumed as it is more widely grown. It fills a nice gap in the garden because of its bloom time (sometimes through June) and shorter stature than the more common A. canadensis.

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    from Wichita, Kansas

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Aquilegia desertorum:

      This plant is being used in my Hosta bed and I simply cannot wait to see what happens this spring when everything wakes up. To me this is the perfect little plant to "pop" a tiny color in the mist of a green ocean.

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      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.

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      • 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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