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
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Full Shade
Full Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 20811


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 Full Sun, Full Shade, Morning Sun & Afternoon 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 Season 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
Ideal Region Suitable Above 7000 ft, Western Only
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Canada No

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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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