Aquilegia flavescens - Watson.
Common Name Columbine, Yellow columbine
Family Ranunculaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards Although no records of toxicity have been seen for this species, it belongs to a family that contains a number of mildly toxic species. It is therefore wise to exercise some caution. The flowers are probably perfectly safe to eat.
Habitats Moist mountain meadows and alpine slopes at elevations of 1300 - 3500 metres[270].
Range Western N. America - British Columbia to Colorado.
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Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

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Aquilegia flavescens Columbine,  Yellow columbine[email protected]
Aquilegia flavescens Columbine,  Yellow columbine
Physical Characteristics
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Aquilegia flavescens is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.8 m (2ft 7in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 4. It is in flower from May to June. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees.Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

A. canadensis flavescens.

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Flowers.
Edible Uses:

Flowers - raw. Rich in nectar, they are sweet and delightful[172], they make a very attractive addition to mixed salads and can also be used as a thirst-quenching munch in the garden[K].
Medicinal Uses

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Antispasmodic;  Diaphoretic;  Parasiticide;  Parasiticide;  Resolvent;  Salve.

Antispasmodic, diaphoretic, parasiticide, resolvent, salve[172].


Other Uses
Parasiticide;  Parasiticide.

The seed is used as a parasiticide to rid the hair of lice[172].
Cultivation details
Succeeds in ordinary garden soil, preferring a moist but not wet soil and a sunny position[1]. Intolerant of heavy clay[200]. A very ornamental plant[1], it is closely related to A. formosa and hybridizes with it where their ranges overlap[200, 270]. Most species are short-lived, dying out after 2 - 3 years, though they usually produce seed prolifically[200]. However, they are very apt to hybridize with other members of the genus and so it becomes difficult to keep a species true to type if more than one is grown in the garden[200]. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233]. A greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes[54].
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. The seed can be slow to germinate[200]. Stored seed can be sown in late winter in a cold frame. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer. Division in spring[200].
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Aquilegia brevistylaSmallflower columbine21
Aquilegia buergeriana 20
Aquilegia canadensisWild Columbine, Red columbine, Meeting Houses, Common Columbine22
Aquilegia coeruleaRocky Mountain Columbine, Colorado blue columbine, Dailey's columbine, White Colorado columbine21
Aquilegia flabellataFan Columbine, Dwarf Columbine20
Aquilegia formosaWestern Columbine22
Aquilegia formosa truncataColumbine22
Aquilegia jonesiiColumbine, Jones' columbine, Blue limestone columbine21
Aquilegia karelinii 20
Aquilegia pubescensColumbine, Sierra columbine21
Aquilegia shockleyi 21
Aquilegia vulgarisColumbine, European columbine, Granny's Bonnet, European Crowfoot21
Semiaquilegia adoxoidesTian Kui02


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