Rocky Mountain Blue Columbine
Aquilegia saximontana

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aquilegia (a-kwi-LEE-jee-a) (Info)
Species: saximontana (saks-ih-MON-tah-nuh) (Info)
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Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Light Blue

Violet/Lavender

Cream/Tan

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Loveland, Colorado

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jun 23, 2015, altagardener from Calgary, AB (Zone 3b) wrote:

Plants and seeds sold or exchanged as Aquillegia saximontana in seed exchanges and in the horticulture trade are typically actually Aquilegia flabellata, or at best, hybrids.

Aquilegia saximontana is distinguished by spurs that diverge, like the points on a jester's hat. The spurs never curl in, as on A. flabellata, another small alpine columbine.

A. saximontana and A. jonesii have significantly different bloom times, and the chances of hybridization are essentially nil. Again, supposed hybrids between A. saximontana and A. jonesii in horticulture are the subject of misidentifications.

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On May 21, 2002, Baa wrote:

Small perennial from Utah and Colorado USA.

Has divided (2 ternate), blue green leaves. Bears outward facing or pendant, lavender blue flowers with a cream corolla and short spurs.

Flowers May-July

Likes a well drained but moist soil in full sun. Will tolerate some partial shade. Doesn't appreciate too much winter wetness.

Makes a nice rock garden subject.

Makes a lovely hybrid with A jonesii.