Calflora
Taxon  Report   430 
Aquilegia formosa  Fisch. ex DC.
Crimson columbine,  Sitka columbine, Western columbine
Aquilegia formosa
© 2018 Larry Moberly
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Aquilegia formosa
© 2007 Neal Kramer
Aquilegia formosa
© 2008 Keir Morse
Aquilegia formosa, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is native to California and is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.

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Aquilegia formosa
© 2001 Jeff Abbas
Family: RANUNCULACEAE  
Genus: Aquilegia
Communities:
Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, Lodgepole Forest, Subalpine Forest, Chaparral, Northern Juniper Woodland, Pinyon-Juniper Woodland, (many plant communities), wetland-riparian
Wetlands: Equally likely to occur in wetlands and non wetlands
Toxicity: MINOR   [California Poison Control System 2010]    
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS + JM93
Alternate Names:
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PLANTS: Aquilegia mohavensis
PLANTS: Aquilegia fosteri
PLANTS: Aquilegia formosa var. wawawensis
PLANTS: Aquilegia formosa var. megalantha
PLANTS: Aquilegia formosa var. fosteri
PLANTS: Aquilegia formosa var. communis
ICPN + PLANTS: Aquilegia formosa var. hypolasia
ICPN + PLANTS: Aquilegia formosa var. pauciflora
ICPN + PLANTS: Aquilegia formosa var. truncata
ICPN: Aquilegia formosa f. anomala
ICPN: Aquilegia formosa var. formosa
More information about  Aquilegia formosa
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on CalPhotos / Google Images
Photos on PlantID.net

Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation

USDA PLANTS Profile (AQFO)

Search the International Plants Names Index

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

Search the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available: http://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: May 26, 2018).

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