Pin It
Click for previous Image Image 1 of 2 Aquilegia formosa Western columbine
Aquilegia formosa - Flower closeup

Aquilegia formosa - Flower closeup

Aquilegia formosa ''

Western columbine

More About Aquilegia formosa ''


Western columbine Growing and Maintenance Tips


- Inches


- Inches


- Inches

Sunset Zone:

USDA Hardiness Zone:

Aquilegia formosa '' Characteristics


  • California native

Foliage color

  • Green / Blue-green

Growth habit (plant shape)

  • Upright


  • Sunny all day - Coast
  • Light or dappled shade
  • Morning sun

Season of interest (flowering)

  • Spring

Water requirements

  • None - Low

Critter resistance

  • Deer resistant

Wildlife appeal

  • Attracts hummingbirds

Suggested uses

  • Under CA native oaks
  • Under pine trees
  • Under redwoods


  • California
  • Pacific NW (North CA, OR, WA, BC, AK)

Plants that work well with Aquilegia formosa ''

California fescue California fescue (Festuca californica)
Douglas' iris Douglas' iris (Iris douglasiana)
Fringe cups Fringe cups (Tellima grandiflora)
Snowberry Snowberry (Symphoricarpus albus)
Twinberry Twinberry (Lonicera involucrata)
Sticky monkey flower Sticky monkey flower (Mimulus aurantiacus)
Island alum root Island alum root (Heuchera maxima)
Western sword fern Western sword fern (Polystichum munitum)
Yerba buena Yerba buena (Satureja douglasii)
Alba Road Western Dog Violet Alba Road Western Dog Violet (Viola adunca 'Alba Road')