Columbine, The Colorado State Flower
The aquilegia, commonly known as the columbine flower, is a perennial plant found in meadows, woodlands, mountainous areas and other higher altitude landscapes. The columbine blooms in a variety of vibrant colors and is characterized by its spurred petals. The columbine is most famous for being the State Flower of Colorado and slightly less famous for being the inspiration for our name, Columbine Design Landscape Professionals.
Despite the delicate appearance of these beautiful flower, columbines are quite easy to grow. The best spot to plant columbine flowers is one with partial sun, ideally a plot that is sunny in the morning and lighted shaded by nearby trees or structures in the afternoon. Test out a potential area by watching it for a few days and observe how much sunlight it gets. Columbine flowers love soil that is rich and moist at elevations up to 10,000 feet.
To learn more about how to grow columbine flowers from seed or in containers and how to best care for them, read the Gardening Channel article on columbine flowers online. Also, keep a look out for our new ad in Colorado Homes & Lifestyles magazine which will feature a big, beautiful yellow columbine flower!