This article has been marked as incomplete and in need of reformatting. Please help us to improve it.

Practical Plants is a community wiki. You can edit this page to improve the quality of the information it contains. To learn how, please read the editing guide.


Toxic parts

Although no records of toxicity have been seen for this species, it belongs to a family that contains a number of mildly toxic species. It is therefore wise to exercise some caution. The flowers are probably perfectly safe to eat.

Edible uses


Flowers - raw. Rich in nectar, they are sweet and delightful[1][2], they make a very attractive addition to mixed salads and can also be used as a thirst-quenching munch in the garden[K]. Children enjoy sucking out the sweet nectar from the base of the flowers[3].

Early spring greens cooked and eaten as a vegetable[3]. Some caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity.

Root - cooked. Used by the N. American Indians as a famine food[2]. Some caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity.


Material uses

The seed is used to rid the hair of lice[1][3]. The whole plant is boiled up and used as a hair wash[2][3]. The seeds are aromatic. They can be crushed and rubbed on the body as a perfume or placed in a sachet and stored with clothes to impart a nice smell[3].

Unknown part

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

Western columbine was quite frequently employed by a number of native North American Indian tribes who used it to treat a variety of complaints[3]. It is little used in modern herbalism.

Antispasmodic, diaphoretic, parasiticide, resolvent, salve[1]. A decoction of the root is used in the treatment of diarrhoea and stomach aches[3]. A decoction of the roots and leaves is used in the treatment of VD, dizziness and biliousness[3]. The mashed fresh roots can be rubbed briskly on aching rheumatic joints[3]. A poultice of chewed roots or leaves is applied to bee stings, sores etc[3]. A decoction of the leaves is used in the treatment of sore throats, coughs and colds[3].

The seeds can be chewed as a remedy for stomach aches[3].


Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.


Nothing listed.


Nothing listed.


Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. The seed can be slow to germinate[4]. Stored seed can be sown in late winter in a cold frame. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer. Division in spring[4].

Practical Plants is currently lacking information on propagation instructions of Aquilegia formosa truncata. Help us fill in the blanks! Edit this page to add your knowledge.


Succeeds in ordinary garden soil, preferring a moist but not wet soil and a sunny position[5]. Intolerant of heavy clay[4].

A very ornamental plant[5], it is hardy to about -15°c[6]. Most species are short-lived, dying out after 2 - 3 years, though they usually produce seed prolifically[4]. However, they are very apt to hybridize with other members of the genus and so it becomes difficult to keep a species true to type if more than one is grown in the garden[4]. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[7].

A greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes[8].


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Aquilegia formosa truncata. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Aquilegia formosa truncata.




None listed.


None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Binomial name
Aquilegia formosa truncata
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
full sun
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    Mature Size
    Flower Colour
    Flower Type


    1. ? Schofield. J. J. Discovering Wild Plants - Alaska, W. Canada and the Northwest. ()
    2. ? Weiner. M. A. Earth Medicine, Earth Food. Ballantine Books ISBN 0-449-90589-6 (1980-00-00)
    3. ? Moerman. D. Native American Ethnobotany Timber Press. Oregon. ISBN 0-88192-453-9 (1998-00-00)
    4. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    5. ? 5.05.1 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
    6. ? Phillips. R. & Rix. M. Perennials Volumes 1 and 2. Pan Books ISBN 0-330-30936-9 (1991-00-00)
    7. ? Thomas. G. S. Perennial Garden Plants J. M. Dent & Sons, London. ISBN 0 460 86048 8 (1990-00-00)
    8. ? Hatfield. A. W. How to Enjoy your Weeds. Frederick Muller Ltd ISBN 0-584-10141-4 (1977-00-00)
    9. ? Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named PFAFimport-71

    Cite error: <ref> tag with name "PFAFimport-270" defined in <references> is not used in prior text.

    Facts about "Aquilegia formosa truncata"RDF feed
    Article is incompleteYes +
    Article requires citationsNo +
    Article requires cleanupYes +
    Belongs to familyRanunculaceae +
    Belongs to genusAquilegia +
    Has binomial nameAquilegia formosa truncata +
    Has common nameColumbine +
    Has drought toleranceIntolerant +
    Has edible partFlowers +
    Has edible useUnknown use +
    Has fertility typeBees +
    Has flowers of typeHermaphrodite +
    Has hardiness zone3 +
    Has lifecycle typePerennial +
    Has material partUnknown part +
    Has material useParasiticide +
    Has mature height0.9 +
    Has medicinal partUnknown part +
    Has medicinal useAntispasmodic +, Diaphoretic +, Parasiticide +, Resolvent + and Salve +
    Has search nameaquilegia formosa truncata + and columbine +
    Has shade toleranceLight shade +
    Has soil ph preferenceAcid +, Neutral + and Alkaline +
    Has soil texture preferenceSandy + and Loamy +
    Has soil water retention preferenceWell drained +
    Has sun preferenceFull sun +
    Has taxonomic rankSpecies +
    Has taxonomy nameAquilegia formosa truncata +
    Has water requirementsmoderate +
    Is taxonomy typeSpecies +
    PFAF cultivation notes migratedNo +
    PFAF edible use notes migratedNo +
    PFAF material use notes migratedNo +
    PFAF medicinal use notes migratedNo +
    PFAF propagation notes migratedNo +
    PFAF toxicity notes migratedNo +
    Tolerates nutritionally poor soilNo +
    Uses mature size measurement unitMeters +
    Has subobjectThis property is a special property in this wiki.Aquilegia formosa truncata +, Aquilegia formosa truncata +, Aquilegia formosa truncata +, Aquilegia formosa truncata +, Aquilegia formosa truncata +, Aquilegia formosa truncata + and Aquilegia formosa truncata +