50 Natives : Colorado : Aquilegia caerulea (Colorado Columbine)

I swear, the fact that Colorado is the second in our list is pure happenstance. I asked my 5 year old to pick a number between 1 and 50 and I referenced it to an alphabetical state list. Colorado is number 7. If you are from my own home state or spent any amount of time there, you will know my choice is rather cliché – but what can I say, I am a Colorado girl, I am from the most beautiful state (you can’t argue with me on this point) and this is one of the most beautiful native plants and the most recognized state symbol in our whole country. No wonder we are so proud.

From Wikipedia:

It is a herbaceous perennial plant growing to 20-60 cm tall. The flowers are very variable in color, from pale blue (as in the species name caerulea) to white, pale yellow and pinkish; very commonly the flowers are bicolored, with the sepals a different shade to the petals.
Aquilegia caerulea is the state flower of Colorado. It is also a popular ornamental plant in gardens, with numerous cultivars selected for different flower colors.

Colorado State Flower - Columbine - All about this native Plant
1. DSCN0275, 2. in the garden…, 3. Columbine 4, 4. Colorado Columbines (Rocky Mountain Columbine), 5. columbine, 6. cool columbine, 7. Alpine Columbine-015934, 8. Colorado Columbine, 9. Columbine flower…beautifull colors!

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.

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