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Aquilegia Express: Red Columbines

Aquilegia schockleyi, Schockley’s columbine

Schockley’s columbine occurs from south western Nevada into adjacent California.

Aquilegia schockleyi In this image of Schockley’s columbine the blades are predominately red with a very narrow band of yellow at their base. Photo by Kate Walker.

Map of the range of Aquilegia schockleyi in North America. Range map of Aquilegia schockleyi. Courtesy of Flora of North America.

Aquilegia schockleyi ranges in height from 40 to 100 cm. The foliage is glabrous and the leaves are glaucous and sticky. The flowers are nodding and glandular pubescent. The sepals are red, sometimes partly yellow or green, 10 to 20 mm long and perpendicular. The blades are yellow, 2 to 5 mm long. The spurs are red, yellow red or pink, 12 to 25 mm long and spreading. The stamens extend beyond the blades.

Aquilegia schockleyi is found growing in moist habitats in open woodlands and subalpine meadows.

Aquilegia schockleyi plants This alpine meadow is a riot of red and the flowers stand out in such a way as to ensure hummingbirds find these beautiful columbines. Photo by Kate Walker.

Aquilegia schockleyi habitat With gorgeous mountain scenery in the background this meadow comes alive with hundreds of Schockley’s columbine. Photo by Kate Walker.

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