Colorado Columbine – Ranunculaceae Aquilegia coerule

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Colorado Columbine – Aquilegia coerule

Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)

While many other Columbines are pretty common in the hanging gardens of Zion, the more-alpine blue Colorado Columbine is limited to the north-facing slopes north of Lava Point, and the unusual-for-Zion lush woods with big trees that is found there. In this area, I have seen mostly all-white ones, but also some in the more-iconic form of white inside petals and blue outside petals.

Blooms June through August (? – SWColoradowildflowers.com)

Instances:

Northwoods, Approach to Kolob Canyon, July 27, 2010.

All-white Colorado Columbine near Kolob Creek, July 27, 2010

All-white Colorado Columbine near Kolob Creek, July 27, 2010

 

All-white Colorado Columbine near Kolob Creek, July 27, 2010

All-white Colorado Columbine near Kolob Creek, July 27, 2010

 

The whole plant - Colorado Columbine near Kolob Creek, July 27, 2010

The whole plant – Colorado Columbine near Kolob Creek, July 27, 2010

 

Leaves of the Colorado Columbine near Kolob Creek, July 27, 2010

Leaves of the Colorado Columbine near Kolob Creek, July 27, 2010

 


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Posted on May 3rd, 2012 Lava Point  ,  ,  ,

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    Love this hike. I’ve done it several times. 1st two times was in 1972 1973. We went as a scout troop. We were told we were the first large group to ever go up the cayonn. Back then we went up, I didn’t know you could go down it until I started doing it again in the early 2000′s. We spent three days doing the hike. Two night’s in the cayonn itself. I’ll have to scan my 110 photo’s that aren’t very good into a video and put it on youtube one of these days. Those were the good old days.UN:F [1.8.7_1070]please wait…

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