Rocky Mountain Columbine
Colorado State Flower
The Rocky Mountain Columbine was designated the official Colorado State Flower in 1899. While there are many species of columbines, this particular white and lavender bloom was chosen by Colorado’s school children to represent the unique beauty of their state. Delicate blue-violet petals symbolize the sky, white petals represent snow, and the gold centers pay tribute to Colorado’s gold mining history.
Rocky Mountain Columbine Facts
Name: Rocky Mountain Columbine
Botanical Name: Aquilegia caerulea
Colors: Blue-Violet petals and spurs, a White cup and Yellow center
Blooms: May through July
Fun Facts: The Rocky Mountain Columbine is actually a rare flower although there are many other types of Columbine flowers. So it is illegal to pick them from State lands, or even from private gardens (unless the owner gives permission).
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