Aquilegia Coerulea (Rocky Mountain Blue Columbine)


A flower that is synonymous with the Rockies and particularly Colorado. The Blue Columbine is a bushy perennial that grows to about 1 to 2 feet tall and wide. But what it is really known for is its blue flowers! These flowers are distinctly shaped with petals that extend backward forming a slender spur with bulbous, glandular tips. They are also distinctly blue, ranging from a pale-almost white hue to a rich periwinkle blue. These summer show stoppers could quite possibly be the most photographed flower.

When picking the perfect spot in your landscaping you may want to consider adding these to a rock garden but these plants tolerate a wide range of soils and PH levels so you can really plant them in many places. However, they prefer rich, moist soils with light to moderate shade.

Although plants only live for 2-3 years, they commonly reseed themselves so new plants will likely pop up near the original planting to ensure your homage to the Rocky Mountains returns year after year.

Also often referred to as the Rocky Mountain Columbine because they are common throughout the Rocky Mountains at elevations from 6000 to 10,000 feet. Their favorite places to linger are in sagebrush, pinyon-juniper forests, or alpine tundras but they are especially common in Aspen stands.

In addition to adding a mountain flare to your garden, the flowers attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees.

Fun Fact: Colorado’s obsession with this flower spans centuries: In 1899, children voted to make it the state flower. In 1915, “Where the Columbines Grow,” became Colorado’s state song. And, in 1925, the state gave the flower protected status.


Colorado Hardy Plants are just that… hardy! We have sought out plant varieties that provide low maintenance, use little or no water once established, and are simply hardy enough to grow where others don’t.

We grow and ship our plants in 5″ or quart-size (in certain varieties) plastic containers. Knowing that the root system is the most important part of the plant we guarantee. our plants to have a large root system that fills the container.

CHP is a small family operation! We propagate, pot, water, prune, and personally package the pants you order from us. Most of our plants are grown from cuttings taken from the plants or seeds collected nearby the nursery at an elevation of 6300 ft. Our weather is extreme with temps below 0 are common in the winter and intense sunlight all summer long. We don’t grow plants in heated greenhouses, they have to be able to survive the elements!

Please note that deciduous plants ordered in the winter months and early spring will have been pruned a minimum of 30% compared to photos and may have no leaves

Our nursery is also licensed and inspected by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Nursery Division and holds a current Japanese Beetle Certificate. We only ship USPS Priority Mail, so your plants are sure to arrive quickly. You’ll note in our feedback that our shipping process is a sight to behold. We love our customers so please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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