Colorado blue columbine

Aquilegia coerulea

''Aquilegia coerulea'' is a species of flowering plant in the buttercup family Ranunculaceae, native to the Rocky Mountains from Montana south to New Mexico and west to Idaho and Arizona. Its common name is Colorado blue columbine; sometimes it is called "Rocky Mountain columbine," but this also refers to ''Aquilegia saximontana''.

The Latin specific name ''coerulea'' means "sky blue".
Columbine - Aquilegia caerulea I think that this is some kind of cultivar of Aquilegia caerulea.  From what I can determine, it is a perennial plant. It doesn't seem to be native to the northeastern U.S., so I expect that any populations are garden escapees. 

It had vibrant, pink flowers with five sepals, petals, and stamens. The leaves are compound. The fruit is formed at the end of the pistils. Underneath the flowers are spurs, which contain nectar. The genus name comes from the Latin word for eagle (aquila) because of the shape of the flower petals, which resemble an eagle's claw. Aquilegia coerulea,Geotagged,Spring,United States,columbine,cultivar


It is a herbaceous perennial plant often found at elevations of 2,100 to 3,700 m . This beautiful plant can grow to 20–60 cm tall, with flowers sprouting in inflorescences produced from the shoot apical meristem. The flowers are very variable in color, from pale blue to white, pale yellow and pinkish; very commonly the flowers are bicolored, with the sepals a different shade to the petals. They consist of five petals, five sepals and an ovary surrounded by 50 to 130 stamens. Five long spurs hang below the calyx and contain nectar at their tips, accessible only to hawkmoths. In addition to hawkmoths, pollinators for this flower include bumble-bees, solitary bees and syphrid flies.

''Aquilegia coerulea'' is the state flower of Colorado.


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