Taxon  Report   430 
Aquilegia formosa  Fischer
Crimson columbine,  Sitka columbine, Western columbine
Aquilegia formosa
© 2004 Cheri Miller
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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
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 TJM2 + PLANTS + JM93
Alternate Names:
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PLANTS: Aquilegia shockleyi
PLANTS: Aquilegia formosa var. communis
PLANTS: Aquilegia formosa var. fosteri
PLANTS: Aquilegia mohavensis
PLANTS: Aquilegia formosa var. megalantha
PLANTS: Aquilegia fosteri
PLANTS: Aquilegia formosa var. wawawensis
TJM2 + PLANTS: Aquilegia formosa var. truncata
TJM2 + PLANTS: Aquilegia formosa var. pauciflora
TJM2 + PLANTS: Aquilegia formosa var. hypolasia
TJM2: Aquilegia formosa f. anomala
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
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

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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: Feb 21, 2018).

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