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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)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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

Louisville, Kentucky

Taylorsville, Kentucky

Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 6, 2016, Ancolie88 from Innsbruck,
Austria (Zone 6b) wrote:

It was not easy to cultivate this species from Arizona here in Austria, but finally it was succesful blooming and it was wonderful!!!


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.


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.