Colorado Columbine Facts
- This rather gorgeous plant bears the somewhat deceptive common name of Colorado Columbine.
- Its endemic range does rate as highly restricted but does extend to regions other than just Colorado.
- However, despite the fact that it inhabits an extremely limited area, it does not yet show on the IUCN Red List.
- The distinctive and delicate-seeming beauty of the plant has led to its becoming rather popular as an ornamental species.
- Although not on any official list, many consider it to be in danger and expect it to appear on such lists soon.
- But, as with many species with limited habitat, its principle dangers include habitat loss and climate change.
Colorado Columbine Physical Description
The deceptively named, but remarkable Colorado Columbine classifies as a herbaceous perennial plant.
Individual plants vary greatly in size, however. At maximum, though, the species attains a height of about 24 in (60 cm).
Rather unusually for this type of flower, the color of the blooms varies widely among different individuals.
These colors include pale blue, light yellow or pink, and even pure white. Furthermore, each flower often presents as bi-colored.
Species: A. coerulea
Colorado Columbine Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
Within that range, it only appears in 9 states. However, inside that range it inhabits several habitat types.
These include alpine regions and the foothills. It sometimes appears at altitudes of as much as 12, 100 ft (3,700 m).
Also, it typically thrives in a variety of regions, including meadows, open forests, talus slopes
Unlike many flowers, its pollinators include a wide range of species. These include hawkmoths, bumblebees, and certain flies.