Southwest Plant of the Month – Golden columbine – Aquilegia chrysantha
|Plant Form||Flower||Plant Size||2′ x 2′|
|Plant Type||Perennial||Water Usage||Medium|
|Sunlight||Partial Shade, Full Shade||Colors||Yellow|
Physical Description: Delicate, shade tolerant perennial with large golden-yellow flowers and attractive lacey foliage.
Care and Maintenance: Short lived but reseeds. Aphids. Needs regular water and maintenance to look best.
Gardener’s Notes: Use this Southwestern native and avoid other more commonly available columbine species since they are poorly adapted to desert conditions. Long spurred variety, known as “Longissima”, is especially attractive. It is often sold under the name “Texas Gold”.
Photo and Information from NMSU Southwest Yard and Garden Plant Advisor