Aquilegia Express: Blue Columbines
Aquilegia jonesii, Jones’ columbine
Jones’ columbine occurs from Alberta south through Montana to Wyoming. Jones’ columbine is the smallest of all the columbines.
Aquilegia jonesii is a small cushion forming plant growing to a height of 8 cm. The foliage is densely crowded, glaucous, and often sessile with the stems having no leaves. The flowers are solitary and erect. The sepals are blue to purple, 15 to 22 mm long, and spreading. The blades are blue, 8 to 13 mm long. The spurs are blue, 8 to 15 mm long and straight. The stamens do not extend beyond the blades.
Aquilegia jonesii is found growing in limestone, rocky alpine and subalpine areas.