There are approximately 70 species of columbine
In Nature: This species of Aquilegia is native to the Rocky Mountains from Montana south to New Mexico and west to Idaho and Arizona.
At the Zoo: This plant grows around the native Colorado gardens which are west of the Gates Center.
Moist woods; open, mountain meadows.
Relatively short lived as an individual plant, maybe 4-5 years and often less in a garden setting. It grows 1-2’ tall and 1’ wide. Blue-green leaves emerge in spring and its flowers are purple and white in May and June.