Aquilegia Express: Yellow Columbines
Aquilegia chrysantha, golden columbine
The golden columbine occurs in southwest Utah through Arizona with a small population in adjacent New Mexico and a disjunct population in Colorado.
Aquilegia chrysantha ranges in height from 20 to 50 cm. The foliage is green not glaucous and the leaves are glabrous above and glabrous to slightly pubescent below. The flowers erect and a golden yellow. The sepals are yellow, 20 to 35 mm long and perpendicular. The blades are pale yellow, 13 to 23 mm long and the spurs are yellow, and spreading, 30 to 70 mm long. The stamens extend beyond the blades.
Aquilegia chrysantha is found growing in damp or moist areas generally in canyons.