Rocky Mountain Columbines

The Rocky Mountain Columbine (Columbine Aquilegia caerulea) was voted the official state flower of Colorado in 1899 by Colorado school children. This flower has Colorado written all over it: the blue petals represent the sky, the white cup represents snow, and the yellow center represent Colorado’s gold mining history.

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In 1915, the song “Where The Columbines Grow” was named the official Colorado state song. It is illegal to uproot them, so please enjoy their beauty and sweet fragrance, take a few photos, and leave them alone for the next person to enjoy.

Rocky Mountain Columbines growing at 12,000 feet elevation.

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Rocky Mountain Columbine bud.

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Please ask permission before copying or using my photos. Thanks ~ DJ

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