Aquilegia brevistyla (Small-Flowered Columbine) - photos and description

Aquilegia brevistyla

Aquilegia brevistyla

Aquilegia brevistyla

Aquilegia brevistyla

Aquilegia brevistyla

Aquilegia brevistyla

Aquilegia brevistyla
15 cm ruler for scale

Aquilegia brevistyla

General: Plants with a slender growth habit, and having simple stems. The stems are sparingly hairy.

Flowers: Showy purple and white flowers on long flower stems. The flowers are nodding, long-spurred, we measured a flower at 1.8 cm long and 2.5 cm diameter.

Leaves: Leaves trifoliate, the leaflets wedge-shaped, lobed, typical leaflet measured at 5.5 cm wide. Leaflets glabrous, petioles pubescent.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 50 cm. We measured plants to 68 cm tall.

Habitat: Forest edges in eastern Saskatchewan.

Abundance: Listed as common in Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Saskatchewan, this plant is uncommon in my experience.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Photos were taken on June 19th and July 3rd, moist mixed woods, boreal Forest, 450 km northeast of our home in Regina, SK.