Aquilegia Express: Red Columbines
The prominent red elfin flowers of columbines herald the coming of the spring wildflower season and the return of their pollinators, hummingbirds. These welcoming plants serve as the first of the wildflowers to provide a meal to our native hummingbirds. The nectar of the red flowered columbines provides a hummingbird with high sugar content and necessary amino acids. The nectar’s sugar content is twice that of all the other columbines native to North America.
All eight red-flowered columbines may be found growing on our national forests with seven in the west and one in the east.
This is the last stop of the Aquilegia Express. We hope you enjoyed the "ride" and the magnificient columbines!
- Aquilegia canadensis, red columbine
- Aquilegia desertorum, desert columbine
- Aquilegia elegantula, western red columbine
- Aquilegia eximia, Van Houtte’s columbine
- Aquilegia formosa, western columbine
- Aquilegia grahamii, Graham’s columbine
- Aquilegia shockleyi, Schockley’s columbine
- Aquilegia triternata, barrel columbine