Common name : Colorado Blue Columbine

Scientific name : Aquilegia caerulea

Family : Ranunculaceae

Native land : Rocky Mountains from Montana south to New Mexico and west to Idaho and Arizona

It is a native perennial. It is the state flower of Colorado. The flower was first discovered in 1820 by botanist and mountaineer Edwin James. The flowering stems usually reach above the foliage and carry spurred, bell-shaped, often pendulous flowers in shades of blue and purple, as well as red, yellow, and white. The flowering period can vary among the species; some bloom through much of late spring and summer; others are short-flowering. It often attracts hummingbirds.

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