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Golden Columbine

Aquilegia chrysantha


These striking flowers were hidden away in a shady corner of my yard. Each one looks like a cluster of long flowers from certain angles, but is really one flower with five very long petals in a typical cup shape in the front and long extensions in the back. The entire plant is about two feet tall, or 60 centimeters (a rough estimate).


The elevation here is more than 5,000 feet (1,524 meters). It was growing in the shade under an aspen tree, and this area is somewhat dry but there is a fountain nearby.


A month later, I have collected some seeds. When the seed pod matures (pictured last) it splits open from the center and dumps shiny, black concave seeds from each of the five compartments. Pictures taken on iPhone 6.

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Spotted on Jun 5, 2020
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