Ranunculaceae
Aquilegia formosa

Red Columbine

Upright plant with spreading branches. Basal and lower stem leaves on petioles 1–12 in., divided 2 or 3 times; upper leaves sessile or nearly so. Flowers nodding, bright red, with some yellow; 5 straight to inward-curved spurs with rounded tips. Grows in moist, open to partly shaded areas from coastline to subalpine meadows. Very attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies. Closely resembles the eastern red columbine, A. canadensis.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: All Spring And Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 8--48 inches
  • Habitat: Coastal, Meadow, West-Side Forest, East-Side Forest, Subalpine
  • Found In: Olympic NP, Mt. Rainier NP, N Cascades NP, Crater Lake NP, Wallowas, Steens, West Gorge, Siskiyous
  • Native: Yes