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Aquilegia formosa
Common Name: Western Columbine Family: Ranunculaceae (The Buttercup Family)

The graceful nodding red-orange and yellow flowers of Aquilegia formosa dangle like tiny lanterns in the breeze are considered good luck. It is adaptable for humus soils or rocky and steep areas in sun or part shade. Columbine was considered a love medicine plant, and the seeds can be crushed to make perfume or stored in a sachet. The plant is considered to be deer resistant.

Geogrpahical Origin:
Americas - North America

Native Habitat:
Mesic to moist meadows, rocky slopes, thickets, clearings, roadsides and open forests in all zones except alpine.

ClassDeciduous Primary Bloom ColourOrange
TypePerennial Secondary Bloom ColourOrange
Height12-24" Bloom TimeSpring - Summer
Spread8-12" FragranceNo
Light Exposure Foliage ColourGreen Bluish Green
Soil Moisture Stem Colour
Hardiness3-8 BerriesNo
BC NativeYes

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