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PlantFiles: Arizona Columbine
Aquilegia desertorum

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aquilegia (a-kwi-LEE-jee-a) (Info)
Species: desertorum (de-ZER-tor-um) (Info)

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive sladeofsky On Jan 30, 2014, sladeofsky from Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Don't be put off by the fact that this plant calls deserts it's home. It is native to natural seeps and so is accustomed to more moisture than other desert natives. It is perfect for the a South East, and I suspect as more people try it, it will prove hardy in an even wider area. This winter has seen -0 temperatures over many days, which is rare for here, but it appears to be holding up unscathed. I look forward to seeing it again next season. It blooms intermittently throughout the warmer months. I'm still relatively new to this one. I will post an update if there are drastic changes.

Neutral Weezingreens On Jan 12, 2005, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

This is a wildflower from North central Arizona. It holds up to hot dry summers and blooms over a long period of time. In desert climes, shade is needed. In the wild, this plant grows in rocky crevices with ample water supply. This is an excellent xerscape plant. Can be propagated by seeds sown in the spring on the surface of the soil.


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

Louisville, Kentucky
Taylorsville, Kentucky

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