Aquilegia Express: Red Columbines
Aquilegia desertorum, desert columbine
The desert columbine is found in is found in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.
Aquilegia desertorum ranges in height from 15 to 30 cm. The foliage is glaucous and the leaves are glabrous above and glabrous to pubescent below. The flowers are nodding. The sepals are red with the tips sometimes becoming yellowish green, 10 mm long and spreading. The blades are yellow or red and yellow, 5 mm long. The spurs are red, broad at the base, very narrow at the tip, and are straight. The stamens extend beyond the blades.
Aquilegia desertorum is found growing at high elevations on rocky slopes where seepage or other moisture is present.