LONG-SPUR COLUMBINE (Aquilegia longissima)

From the archives – 29th October, 2013



12 thoughts on “LONG-SPUR COLUMBINE (Aquilegia longissima)

  1. This is just lovely, I found my first wild columbines this year: both yellow and yellow and red. They’re a gorgeous flower. I don’t think I really knew what they looked like until this year — I can’t remember even seeing them in art. You certainly have captured them well.

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    1. Thanks Linda. I’d never seen this variety of Columbine before I started walking around the Botanic Gardens. Not sure whether they’re grown much in suburban gardens as I live in the inner city suburbs with small gardens (in general).

      There are some old residential gardens across the main road in my current apartment location, but haven’t seen much of the older type of flowers except for Roses on my rare walk to/from the local hardware/plant nursery.

      With the constant droughts and unpredictable weather patterns I think most Australians are changing to drought-tolerant plants or natives. Only public parks and gardens with their own water catchments would probably stick with these type of flowers.


  2. How timely. We are in Colorado and the state flower is the columbine. On a walk today, our host pointed out the flower, and I said I recognised it and its name started with an A. No, no, he said, it’s a columbine. Thanks to your post, I now know it’s also called aquilegia, which is the name I know.

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    1. I think most people would call these Long-Spur plants Aquilegias as I’ve never heard the name Long-Spur (columbine) before.

      I always called the common Columbines plants by the Columbine name though.

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    1. They are very attractive aren’t they, Terry. I found it’s a flower that you need to isolate just one-two blooms for photography purposes though. As you can see in the last photo, they look too busy in the composition to photograph the whole plant.

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      1. I agree. Here though I have found them in only one place so far and that is at about 5,500 feet in elevation where they will bloom later in our summer. Their blossoms are also widely spread and not in large groups. Idiosyncrasies of each species I suppose.

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  3. This looks basically identical to some of our columbines, Vicki. Other than Colorado’s state flower, Aquilegia caerulea, I don’t really know the species names for some of the others. For all I know, longissima might be blooming in our garden.
    Regardless of the color, I love them all!

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    1. I don’t know all the common names or botanical names for my flower shots – many I’ve forgotten or didn’t know in the first place (when it comes to my archives). Good to hear you enjoyed seeing my images, Tanja 🙂

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