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Aquilegia scopulorum

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
a-kwi-LEE-jee-a skoh-pew-LOR-um
Description

Utah Columbine is native to the rocky slopes, forests, and meadows of Utah and Nevada. Tightly compact and dense mounding foliage is covered with medium blue long-spurred flowers held on short stems in spring. It also reblooms moderately throughout the summer and into fall.  

This plant best in well-drained soils with low nitrogen, or clay soils that dry out. Prefers part shade but will do well in full sun with irrigation. Great plant for a a rock garden type planting.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Rock and Crevice Garden
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#drought tolerant#forests#rock gardens#meadows#woodlands#crevice garden
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#drought tolerant#forests#rock gardens#meadows#woodlands#crevice garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Aquilegia
    Species:
    scopulorum
    Family:
    Ranunculaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Western USA
    Distribution:
    Nevada and Utah
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 8 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 8 in. - 0 ft. 10 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Perennial
    Wildflower
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Spreading
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Funnel
    Trumpet
    Flower Description:
    Blue and white to occasionally purplish long spurred flowers bloom in spring with reblooming during the summer.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Densely packed compound basal leaves
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Rock Wall
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Rock Garden
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought