Aquilegia pubescens, Coville's Columbine

Aquilegia pubescens, Coville's Columbine

This Columbine was located at the very top of Shepherd's Pass, at 12,008 feet (3660 meters)in the southern Sierra Nevada. July 27, 2007 Because of the pink-orange color of the spurs and petals, it's possible that this is a hybrid of Aquilegia pubescens and the red and yellow-flowered Aquilegia formosa that occurs at lower altitudes. The foliage, however, had the distinctive resiny smell of A. pubescens. Try rubbing the leaves sometime when you encounter this plant. To me the leaves smell like pine resin and rosemary combined.
on Aug 18, 2007 11:48 pm
Image Type(s): Flora
Image ID: 325481


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madeintahoe - Aug 23, 2007 7:50 pm - Voted 10/10

Stunning Flower

Kerstin this turned out awesome!!
You really captured it well..that shade of yellow is so gorgeous..It sure was special to see that on Shepherds..I was sure hoping we would still see the yellow Columbine's
So beautiful Thank you :)


Kerstin - Aug 23, 2007 10:51 pm - Hasn't voted


Thank you, Anita. I still remember squatting over this plant and trying to get a shot--the wind made it difficult. I'm always surprised how such a delicate-looking plant grows at such high altitudes--and they're so big compared to other plants in the same area!


sekihiker - Sep 19, 2017 6:32 pm - Hasn't voted

Aquilegia pubescens

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