This is Colorado’s state flower. The large, 3″ white and lavender flowers face upward. Botanist Edwin James identified this flower while on the 1820 Long Expedition that explored Pikes Peak. The native Columbine grows in the Foothill and Montane life zones of Colorado. It is an important nectar plant for hummingbirds, butterflies, hawkmoths, native bees and bumblebees. This is a short lived perennial, about 3-5 years.
Woodland Garden, Native plant gardens, Naturalized areas,
Columbines prefer well drained moderately fertile soil that stays moist. Deadhead spent flowers as they fade to encourage reblooming and prolong their life span.