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Aspen Creek Tr - Sue Smith

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Aquilegia chrysantha - golden columbine

Other Common Names: yellow columbine
Plant Form: Forb or Subshrub

Family: Ranunculaceae

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Aspen Creek Tr
Sue Smith
Aspen Creek Tr
Sue Smith
Plant - summer
Aspen Creek Tr
Sue Smith
Plant - summer
Aspen Creek Tr
Sue Smith
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: Several stems and basal leaves form a bushy plant 1 to 3 feet tall with handsome yellow flowers that are held relatively erect on long stalks rather than nodding.
Identification notes: Erect perennial up to 3 feet tall with smooth or slightly hairy stems and leaves. Leaves mostly basal, compound with 3 lobed leaflets. Flowers erect, sepals and petals yellow, petals with long slender spurs. Found in moist soils.
Height: To 4 feet


Habitat Description: Alongside streams and in rich, moist soil in shady forests.
Plant Communities: Riparian
Elevation: 3000 - 11000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Yellow     Shape: Regular not in clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Apr - Sep
Description: Large, drooping, bright yellow 3 inch wide flowers. 5 petals with long spurs and 5 backward-curving, paler yellow sepals. Each petal has a hollow nectar-filled spur.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Bluish-green     Leaf Type: Compound     Leaf Shape: Triangular     Leaf Margin: Lobed     Leaf Attachment: Basal and alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: No     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Leaves 3-1/2 to 18 inches long, divided 2 times into leaflets. Leaflets are 3 lobed. A few smaller alternate leaves are found on the stems.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Green   
Fruit Type: Pod
Fruit Notes: Green pod turning brown and papery with maturity, 1-1/2 to 2 inches long. The pod splits along its side to release the seeds.
Seed Notes: Shiny and round.

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