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Aquilegia chrysantha

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aquilegia (a-kwi-LEE-jee-a) (Info)
Species: chrysantha (kris-ANTH-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Aquilegia chrysantha var. chrysantha

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16 members have or want this plant for trade.


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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
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:
Sun to Partial Shade

Seed is poisonous if ingested
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

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:
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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
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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6 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive LizaR On Nov 14, 2014, LizaR from Gap, PA wrote:

I grew these from seed and they were relatively easy, and I am by far no expert on growing plants from seed. I started them in late winter and they did bloom the first season. I particularly like this columbine as the blooms are more upright, and not nodding downward as many other columbine blooms do. I live in zone 6 and planted them with dappled shade most of the morning and full sun in afternoon. They did very well and bloomed profusely. They are also planted on a slope which stays very dry most of the time, though I did water them often until the plants become well established. Though they often are listed as as annual they do reseed and will come back the following year.

Positive Chillybean On Jun 15, 2013, Chillybean from Near Central, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

We bought a flat of Columbine from the nursery earlier this spring. He told me it is a mixture of colors. The first one to bloom was this beautiful yellow variety. I am used to seeing much shorter Columbine, but this was a nice surprise. Our desire is to fill our yard with natives and these have an added bonus of feeding the hummingbirds. Just the one plant has bloomed so far and we've already had a couple of partakers.

Positive Susan_C On Feb 28, 2009, Susan_C from Alameda, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

One of my favorite columbines. It winter-sowed beautifully, and the plants are incredibly vigorous. I love the blue-green foliage, which is semi-evergreen in this climate, and the spectacular long-spurred yellow flowers.

Positive goosegirl On Jul 23, 2007, goosegirl from Happy Valley-Goose Bay
Canada wrote:

This is the first time I've seen yellow columbines growing in my town. I've only had purples/pinks. It is growing well and I hope it will spread to beable to share it with my friends and family who love it too!

Neutral frostweed On Nov 28, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Yellow Columbine Aquilegia chrysantha is native to Texas and other States.

Positive Gabrielle On Jan 16, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

I love the bright yellow color. They brighten a slightly shaded area. Last year they bloomed twice! Stratification and light aid germination of seeds.

Blooms late May to mid June in my garden.

Positive nevadagdn On Mar 24, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant is not only attractive, but virtually indestructible in dry, well-drained, regularly watered shade.

Neutral Baa On Feb 11, 2002, Baa wrote:

Large Aquilegia from the USA and Mexico.

Has soft, mid green leaves divided 3, leaflets are lobed and gives the plant a ferny appearance. Bears outward to upward facing, pale to golden yellow flowers, some may have a pinkish tinge especially when the flowers age.

Flowers May-August

Likes a moist, well drained, humus rich soil in partial shade or sun.


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

Flagstaff, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Alameda, California
Roseville, California
Lula, Georgia
Greenville, Indiana
Yale, Iowa
Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Slidell, Louisiana
Pinconning, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sparks, Nevada
Belen, New Mexico
Granville, New York
Wallkill, New York
Cornelius, North Carolina
Newport, North Carolina
Geneva, Ohio
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Conway, South Carolina
Orangeburg, South Carolina
Arlington, Texas
Austin, Texas
Crawford, Texas
Cypress, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Granbury, Texas
Linden, Texas
Tremonton, Utah
East Port Orchard, Washington
Vancouver, Washington
Kinnear, Wyoming
Riverton, Wyoming

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