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Western columbine

Aquilegia formosa


The reddish orange spreading outer parts of the flower are sepals, and the yellow inner parts are the true petals. Grow up to 2.0 ft. Attract hummingbirds and butterflies.


Spotted at the Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve ( a unique open prairie habitat) surrounded by conifer forest. Native to western North America.


Some Plateau Indian tribes used the Aquilegia formosa to concoct a perfume. It is also used medicinally by several Native American tribes.

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Olympia, Washington, United States

Spotted on May 29, 2018
Submitted on May 30, 2018

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