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Longspur Columbine

Aquilegia longissima

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aquilegia (a-kwi-LEE-jee-a) (Info)
Species: longissima (lon-JIS-ee-muh) (Info)



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bright Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

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

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


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

Fremont, California

Sacramento, California

Glen Burnie, Maryland

Lenoir City, Tennessee

Denton, Texas

Humble, Texas

Wichita Falls, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 31, 2016, Ancolie88 from Innsbruck,
Austria (Zone 6b) wrote:

Aquilegia longissima is very impressive with its "shooting star look". here in cool climate of Austria it is not as easy in cultivation as many other columbines but I love it! It makes my happy every year when it starts to bloom!!!


On Jun 1, 2013, PecosMac from Fort Stockton, TX wrote:

I've grown these for years, in both Alpine and Ft Stockton, TX, having gathered the original seeds about 30 yrs ago at Cattail Falls in the Chisos Mountains. They are easy to grow if you have good soil with plenty of organic matter, regular water and shade...........short lived perennials that reseed regularly. Beautiful and reliable.


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

Longspur Columbine Aquilegia longissima is native to Texas and other States.


On May 5, 2002, Baa wrote:

Aquilegia longissima - Long Spur Columbine is a herbaceous perennial from the USA.

Has mid green, deeply lobed leaves divided into 3 leaflets. Bears pale yellow, scented flowers with long bright yellow spurs which can grow as much as 5 inches long.

Enjoys rich, fertile soils in full sun or partial shade.

A short lived plant (about 3-5 years) but looks great in a woodland garden.


On May 5, 2002, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Columbine are very short-lived perennials. They set seed faithfully, and new ones come up. Since almost all available plants are hybrids, the flower color will not be the same as the parent. Spurs can be short, medium, long, double, or missing. They can be the same or a different color as the main flower, which can also be a bicolor. It is hard to find a columbine that is ugly, though.

Seed does not store well; it should be sown as soon as it is ripe, either indoors or outdoors in situ.

Several pests for this plant include sawfly and leaf miner. Depridations are relieved by cutting all foliage to the ground after blooming is finished. New foliage will appear in a couple of weeks, that will not be attacked as much as older foliage. This does reduce rese... read more