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Aquilegia formosa  Fisch. ex DC.
Crimson columbine,  Sitka columbine, Western columbine
Aquilegia formosa
© 2013 James Gonsman
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Aquilegia formosa
© 2013 James Gonsman
Aquilegia formosa
© 2018 Dorothy Tuthill
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
Communities: Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, Lodgepole Forest, Subalpine Forest, Chaparral, Northern Juniper Woodland, Pinyon-Juniper Woodland, (many plant communities), wetland-riparian

Toxicity: MINOR

Wetlands: Equally likely to occur in wetlands and non wetlands

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Aquilegia mohavensis
PLANTS: Aquilegia fosteri
PLANTS: Aquilegia formosa var. wawawensis
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More information about  Aquilegia formosa
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
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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]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 20, 2019).