Taxon  Report   430 
Aquilegia formosa  Fisch. ex DC.
Crimson columbine,  Sitka columbine, Western columbine
Aquilegia formosa
© 2018 Miao Ling He
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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, is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.

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Aquilegia formosa
© 2018 Tina Curiel
Genus: Aquilegia
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
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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.
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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:   (Accessed: Aug 16, 2018).

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