Aquilegia flavescens aka Yellow Columbine


Aquilegia flavescens, commonly known as the yellow columbine, is a wildflower native to the Rocky Mountains region, specifically found in mountain meadows, open woods, and alpine slopes. This upright, clump-forming, deciduous perennial grows to a height of 20-70 cm and displays beautiful yellow flowers that can also feature hints of yellow-pink, raspberry pink, white, and cream. In cultivation, as a houseplant, the yellow columbine requires regular watering and thrives best in direct, long-lasting light, ideally positioned within a foot of a window. It prefers well-draining soil and does not usually require additional fertilizers if repotted whenever it doubles in size. Belonging to the Aquilegia genus, this rare plant is native to Western North America.

Common names

Yellow Columbine

How to care for Yellow Columbine


Yellow Columbine should be watered regularly, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings.


Yellow Columbine loves a well-draining soil. Perlite and vermiculite help with drainage, while coco coir adds organic matter, so a good potting soil mix will have all three. You can improve store-bought soil by adding some perlite to it.


To ensure optimal growth, the Yellow Columbine prefers bright indirect light for 6-8 hours each day. Insufficient light can result in slow growth and leaf drop, so it's important to find a well-lit location for this plant. Place it near a window, within a distance of 1 meter (3 feet), to enhance its potential for thriving.


No verified data on the toxicity of this plant exists within Ploi's records. Should you, someone in your family, or your pet ingest plant material with an unknown toxicity level, it is recommended to seek medical advice.


Once the Yellow Columbine has doubled in size or after a year has passed, it should be moved to a new pot. By replacing the soil with fresh potting soil containing all the vital nutrients, your plant will receive all the sustenance it needs, negating the requirement for fertilizer. It's important to remember that plants get their energy from the sun, not fertilizer.


New growth will sprout from the top of the Yellow Columbine as it grows vertically.

Region of origin

Yellow Columbine’s native range is Western N. America - British Columbia to Colorado.

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