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Sierra Columbine
Aquilegia pubescens

About Sierra Columbine (Aquilegia pubescens) Aquilegia pubescens is a species of columbine known by the common names Sierra Columbine and Coville's Columbine. It is sometimes called "yellow columbine", but this properly refers to A. flavescens. This wildflower is endemic to California, where it is a resident of the High Sierra. It is found in alpine and subalpine climates. This leafy columbine rarely reaches half a meter in height. The showy flowers are usually erect rather than drooping and are up to a centimeter wide at the mouth. The flower spurs may be up to 4 centimeters long. The sepals and petals are generally yellow, less often white or pink. The Sierra columbine may hybridize with the Crimson Columbine (A. formosa).
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
0.49 - 1.6 ft (0.15 - 0.49 m)

Flower Color
Pink, Yellow, White

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Open, rocky slopes

Shade, Part Shade

Elevation ?
483' - 13547'

Annual Precip. ?
9.7" - 60.2"

Summer Precip. ?
0.25" - 2.79"

Coldest Month ?
18.9° F - 50.5° F

Hottest Month ?
38.8° F - 77.3° F

Humidity ?
0.86 vpd - 25.16 vpd

Sunset Zones ?
1, 2, 3, 4*, 5*, 6*, 7*, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Landscaping Information
Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Common uses
Bird Gardens

Nursery Availability
Sometimes Available

Other Names
Common Names
Coville's Columbine

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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