UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA
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UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA

Water Wise Plants

Aquilegia eximia

Pronunciation
ak-will-EE-jah Eks-IM-mee-uh
Common Name
Serpentine Columbine
Plant Type
Perennial
Mature Size
3 ft. high and 11/2 ft. wide
Water Requirements
Sun/Shade Requirements
Half sun
Flower Color
Yellow and orange
Wildlife
  • Hummingbirds
Maintenance- Design- Planting Tips

Columbines are great plants for woodland areas. Their blooms are delicate and lovely. In the summer, the foliage tends to die back, but the flowers more than make up for this. Aquilegia eximia, a California native, is a UC Davis "All Star" plant.

The Palo Alto Demonstration Garden planted Aquilegia eximia in partial sun and it hasn't done as well as we would like. We are now trialing it in a shady spot. The plant may just need more water than we provide at the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden.

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