Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
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Red columbine

Aquilegia formosa

About This Species

Zone 3a BC Native

Grow me instead of Himalayan balsam (Policeman’s helmet)

Red columbine is a dainty native perennial with drooping red and yellow flowers in the spring and attractive blue-green foliage. This columbine prefers moist soils and dappled shade. It is very attractive to pollinators. Red columbine grows from 0.3 to 1 m tall.

When selecting non-invasive plants for your garden, be sure to look for those that are suitable for your location, including moisture requirements, hardiness zone, and avoidance of known bear attractants among other factors.

Plant Special Features

  • Fire smart
  • Bear smart
  • Pollinator friendly

Moisture Requirements


Moist but well-drained conditions