Aquilegia vulgaris

Family (Traditional)Ranunculaceae
Species:Aquilegia vulgaris L.
Common NameEuropean Columbine
Growth Habitforb
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: No; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: No; Woody Herbaceous: Herbaceous; Duration: Perennial; General Ecology: Terrestrial; Growth Habit: forb; Region of Origin: Europe; Reproductive Phenology: April; Reproductive Phenology: May; Reproductive Phenology: June; Leaf Arrangement: alternate; Leaf Complexity: compound; Leaf Dissection: 2; Leaf Fragrance: No; Leaf Persistance: Deciduous; Leaf Petiole Type: petiolate; Leaf Type: broadleaf; Leaf Venation: ternate; Leaflet Margins: dentate; Leaflet Margins: lobed; Leaflet Number: 3; Leaflet Number: 5; Leaflet Number: 7; Leaflet Number: 9; Base Flower Color: Blue; Fruit Dehiscence: Yes; Fruit Type: Follicle; Fruit Wet/Dry: Dry; Ovary Position: Superior; Overall Flower Symmetry: Actinomorphic; Perianth Present: Yes; Placentation Type: Axillary; Sexuality: monoclinous; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A; Stamen Number: 13+
C value N/A
StatusNot Native; KY[SNA] (State Rank); GNR (Global Rank)
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Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

  • State Boundaries
  • Counties
  • Counties - Species Present
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim


No synonyms exist for this species.

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort.

Counties included on distribution map: Campbell (KY), Jefferson (KY), Laurel (KY), Carter (TN), Franklin (TN), Hamilton (TN)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: APSC, EKY, ETSU, MTSU, SWMT, UCHT, UOS

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 1941 - 1981

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
APSC0106730 Jefferson Kentucky
Aquilegia vulgaris
UCHT011812 Hamilton Tennessee
Aquilegia vulgaris
31234100586401 Campbell Kentucky 01 May 1970 Mike Hassan
Aquilegia vulgaris
UCHT011814 Hamilton Tennessee
Aquilegia vulgaris
ETSU035157 Carter Tennessee
Aquilegia vulgaris
UCHT011813 Hamilton Tennessee
Aquilegia vulgaris
MTSU004235 Hamilton Tennessee 02 May 1981 James Bofill
Aquilegia vulgaris
31234100586419 Laurel Kentucky 09 May 1970 James Johnson
Aquilegia vulgaris
SWMT00999 Tennessee 25 Apr 1941 Williamson
Aquilegia vulgaris
APSC0106729 Jefferson Kentucky
Aquilegia vulgaris
UOS05141 Franklin Tennessee 01 May 1974 Bill Folger
Aquilegia vulgaris
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