Aquilegia formosa

Western Columbine

Plant Type: Perennial
Sun: Partial Shade, Shade, Sun
Drainage: Medium
Water: Moist, Occasional, Regular
Height X Width: 2' X 2'
Santa Clara County Local: Yes
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Western columbine is one of the west coast representatives of this popular group of garden perennials. They add to the garden soft, lush greenery and colorful, intricate pendant flowers. When given regular water, western columbine will remain green through the summer. If allowed to dry out it will follow the pattern of wild plants in Santa Clara County foothills and disappear after producing seed only to re-appear in the spring. Light shade seems to be best away from the immediate coast. Western columbine may be short-lived but will re-seed.


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: Yes
Evergreen or Deciduous: