Common Names: White Colorado Columbine,
Taxonomy: Buttercup (Ranunculaceae)
Habit: Forb (perennial)
Flowers: Jun, Jul, Aug
Description: The flowers are very variable in color, from pale blue (as in the species name coerulea) to white, pale yellow and pinkish; very commonly the flowers are bicolored, with the sepals a different shade to the petals. They consist of five petals, five sepals and an ovary surrounded by 50 to 130 stamens. Five long spurs hang below the calyx and contain nectar at their tips, accessible only to hawkmoths.
Distribution: CO, ID, MT, NV, UT, WY
Habitat: This several-foot tall perennial herb is found across the Rocky Mountains, from the foothills to the alpine, where it is often common in aspen groves, open forests, meadows, and talus slopes.