Aquilegia elegantula

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Scientific Name Aquilegia elegantula USDA PLANTS Symbol
AQEL
Common Name Shooting Star Columbine, Red Columbine, Western Red Columbine ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
18735
Family Ranunculaceae (Buttercup) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane and subalpine; moist hillsides, forest edges and openings.
Plant: Erect perennial, 4 to 24 inches tall, slender stems.
Leaves: Bright green, hairless, mostly basal leaves growing on long stalks divided into three leaflets up to about 1-1/4 inches across, further divided into three smaller lobes.
Inflorescence: Drooping red blossoms on slender, curved stalks, each with 5 petal-like sepals with reddish bases and greenish tips angling downward; 5 bright yellow to red petals that taper into upward (or backward)-pointing straight spurs; yellow stamens.
References: Descr. adapted from "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel, www.americansouthwest.net, and SEINet.
Colorado Status
Native


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