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Aquilegia flavescens
yellow columbine

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to Oregon, east to the Rocky Mountains.

Habitat: Moist mountain meadows and talus to alpine slopes

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bumblebees, moths, hummingbirds


Glandular, glabrous to densely pubescent perennial from a branched to simple woody base, the several stems 2-7.5 dm. tall.


Leaves mostly basal, long-petiolate, the blades triternate; leaflets thin, obovate with a wedge-shaped base, 2-3 times lobed, glaucous and pubescent beneath, 1.5-5.5 cm. long.


Flowers usually several, nodding; sepals 5, petal-like, yellow, oblong-lanceolate, 1.5-2.5 cm. long; petals 5, yellow, with slender, incurved spurs 10-15 mm. long, the blades 6-13 mm. long; stamens numerous, the inner ones sterile and scale-like.


Follicles usually 5, glandular-pubescent, 2 cm. long, the tips spreading.

Accepted Name:
Aquilegia flavescens S. Watson
Publication: Botany (Fortieth Parallel). 10. 1871.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Aquilegia flavescens S. Watson var. flavescens [KZ99]
Aquilegia formosa Fisch. ex DC. var. flavescens (S. Watson) M. Peck
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Aquilegia flavescens in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Aquilegia flavescens checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Aquilegia flavescens information.

E-Flora BC: Aquilegia flavescens atlas page.

CalPhotos: Aquilegia flavescens photos.

USDA Plants: Aquilegia flavescens information.

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